Quietly you pull up your sweats, then slide into your running shoes and grab your ipod on your way out the door for your early run. This is your time of the day, your space to just breathe and prepare for the rest of whatever the day has to bring you. Up early, just in time to see the sun rise, breathing in the early morning dew, putting your best foot forward as you fall into your cadence at ease.
The park is quiet at this time, which is a good thing as you love to sing while you run to challenge your heart rate. The trees are so thick and full at this time of year that a person could easily stay hidden in them, you think as you run. The birds sing as they begin to wake to the sun, as it shows its first peak of light. You close your eyes for a second and feel the warmth of the day on your face and then in that instant, something knocks the wind out of you. You are taken over from behind, you fall to the ground, you no sooner put your arm down to push yourself up and you feel a pain shoot through the back of your head, falling to the ground.
You must have passed out, the more conscious you become, the more you try to regain some level of reality…you realize that your body is not your own..it is being sexually violated. This abuse, this rape, it is tearing you apart, the pain and the violation is like nothing you have ever experienced before……