My Rapist Teaches Third Grade

When I think about it, it still hurts

Hope Rising
The Virago
Published in
4 min readApr 13, 2023

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The world tells us that predators lie in wait, comfortably camouflaged by bushes, but he was not behind the bushes. The news leads us to believe that steering clear of dark alleyways is steering clear of our assailants, but he was not shrouded in the darkness of an alleyway.

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Hope Rising
The Virago

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