Category Archives: rape

On Exercising Empathy

I would like to try a little exercise with you. I would like you to try on some shoes. Most of them won’t fit, they’ll be too small but putting aside practicalities for a moment we can metaphorically slip them … Continue reading

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It Was Not

It was not the bottle of wine Who turned me over in bed And forced entry It was not my high heeled shoes Who groped my breasts Without warning It was not my eyeliner Who stuck its tongue In my … Continue reading

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I’m Still Here

The dustiness and the chalk Belied the commonplace in the road I walked Sweet wrappers shining like gems And a sun seen through gaps in fingers showing A pulsing of blood I’m still alive I’m still here The journey home … Continue reading

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Counting Dead Women

Brown eyes A blow to the head Blue eyes Blunt trauma Green eyes Strangulation Hazel eyes Systematic abuse and suicide Old skin Beaten Young skin Slapped and scratched Smooth skin Burned with matches A young body raped An old body … Continue reading

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No. You may not come in; a poem.

Why do we so often only hear the voices in bold? Why do their words drown out the voices that are not. You can’t come in. “But you invited me in last week” Today I don’t want you here “But … Continue reading

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A hope that one day the fear won’t be waiting for us.

A balmy damp night in August, I’m 22 and for another night on the trot I’m toppling home alone after being out at a club. I’m drunk and I’m wired, my ears ringing from the speakers I’d been dancing too … Continue reading

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