If you or someone you know has been the victim of rape, this is the place to find support and get advice. If you want, discuss your experience, share your feelings, and meet others going through a similar situation.
As some of you may or may not know, a man broke into my house and tried to rape me early last Friday morning. I called the police to report it and am in the process of working with them to build a case that can be prosecuted. I'm documenting, in my journal, the various interactions I've had with the police with the hope of demystifying the process of reporting a sexual assault. Some of the things I discuss will be graphic, not gratuitously so, but rather because of the nature of the questions that I was asked and the answers I provided. Having not reported my two prior rapes, I always wondered myself what kinds of questions I would have been asked if I did report. Now I know.
The investigation is still in its early stages, so this will be an ongoing project for me. I have to be honest that not all of my interactions with law enforcement have been entirely pleasant. My goal in doing this, however, is not to paint a perfect picture of sunshine and roses, but rather to give an honest account of my own experience. My fear is that some of the less pleasant experiences I've had may discourage someone else from reporting. I pray that does not happen. But I firmly believe that the more information people have, the better equipped they are to make the best choices for themselves.
I'm breaking down the journal entries in to stages of the process in the way that seems most natural to me. I really hope that those of you out there who are considering reporting your rapes or assaults will find what I've written useful. As always, I'm happy to answer any questions any of you may have.