Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center

Poem from a Survivor


Something was taken from me
My spirit no longer free
The unspeakable happened that night
I had no control, I could not fight
Wanting to tell the horror to my loved one
Can I be strong, or will my courage run?
Will he understand the way I feel?
Will he believe this is real?
So much hurt I feel inside
Can I ever regain my pride?
I feel so dirty and bad
Will we have the love we once had?
I am getting stronger, day by day
They say when there is a will, there is a way
No one can imagine my fear.


This was not yesterday; It has been well over a year.