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I really mean that and not sarcastically sometimes you can comment places and one never knows if you are being sarcastic, aggressive...so I thought I would clarify:)
So I appreciate your input
I have never written about male rape before except a bit about prison rape. My writing about prison rape had to do with not wanting my rapist to get raped in prison even though he did it to me.
I guess one reason that i have not written about male rape or male rape victims is because this was my blog about my experiences. After watching the video below I realized that by only focusing on myself and my experiences I may me doing a great disservice to the readers.
I have talked often about others taking a minute to put themselves in a rape survivors shoes to help support them. However, I have never done that myself when it comes to male rape victims. Regardless of gender rape is there and it can throw off ones life completely.
So when I came across this video and saw the male rape victim statistics I thought WOW, here I am, just writing about me (which is really what this blog was meant to be) and thinking how selfish of me to not even touch on male rape.
My rapist was a male, he did something bad to me, however I would never want him to get raped in prison or anywhere else. Beside the point really....this is a great video which briefly covers a male rape victim story and male rape in general.
I hope you all can get something out of it like I did!
When I spoke to the victim coordinator she told me there were people I could contact to see how the rapist as doing (not that I would be checking on his wellbeing mind you). She stated I could call the parole board, his counselor at the prison, and the department of corrections. These are all important things to know if you are in a similar situation. It is good to at least have some knowledge if you can contact these places in your state even if it is for your own peace of mind.
So, I did contact the counselor that’s working with him at the state prison. I did not expect much because I know from common sense as well as my past work experience, even when it comes to offenders due to confidentiality, they cannot say much.
She was able to tell me that he had not completed his treatment and therefore she believed he would not be eligible. She then directed me to the board of parole, so I did call there. They gave me the same answer that since he had not finished his treatment, more than likely he would not be eligible. With news I did feel ease, however “more than likely” was not exactly fully comforting.
Another thing I did learn from the board of parole is that convicts are given a written review by the board. If the board thinks that the written review deserves an interview with the convict they are then scheduled for an interview, so it is a two-step process. I do suppose many already know that but I was not up on the info.
So last week after the review I checked and the status was not updated on the site………then of course I checked on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday………..and then today there it was ……..DENIED!!!
I do not like to be happy about another’s misfortune no matter what the case, however I was relieved that I have a little more time to continue life and improve my entire self, before dealing with his release.
So things to note:
- See if you can talk to your offenders counselor
- See if you can talk to the victim coordinator of the department of corrections
- See if you can talk to the victim assistance coordinator of the board of parole
If nothing else it may ease your mind or prepare you for the future
Fear of being judged and insecurity have been on my mind since last night………..I will explained what happened….
I do not know many people in this town I live in and those I do I do not get together with them often…so last night a girl invited me to go out for a bit and I did. The reason I have a tendency not to go out with certain individuals here is because they push their religion on me……but I did due to the fact that I feel I do not have many options for social engagement.
Moving on, so last night I was out an was talking about wedding planning (I did forget to mention to you all that The Rock and I got engaged last year) . I was talking about having it in our church and she proceeded to say she would come to the reception but not the ceremony…….her basic reasoning for this is that she will not condone a church that has false teachings. What is really odd about that IS THAT WE ARE BOTH CHRISTIANS, BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE, AND JESUS!
The conversation went on about my bad behaviors, how I need to be more obedient or God won’t forgive me etc. While I do believe some of what she said my blood began to boil………how could someone who believes in Christ sit there and judge me and my religion……..IT MAKES NO SENSE!
So what does this have to do with rape? Simply put prior to the rape some peoples beliefs and judgments about me bugged me but I usually brushed them off quite well, I used to look at them as beliefs are beliefs and one should respect others. Prior to the rape, if I found someone who condemned me so much I would have just blew if off and decided not to see them again………..but last night I was PISSED!
My point to all of this is how my emotions, beliefs, guilt, etc. have changed since the rape. I allow people even more to judge me and allow it to bother me. I have guilt after being judged and feel they may be right. Bottom-line I feel like I do not trust myself anymore since the rape.
My entire foundation of who I used to be has been shaken since the rape and I still cannot fully figure out why. I continue to work on these things and the only real theory I have about my foundation being shaken since the rape is this:
I was condemned by the defense a bit, I lost everything and then felt as though I deserved it, and lost a ton of control during and after the rape.
With all these factors I believe I taught myself that I was a not so great person and that no one should trust my judgment……….even myself.
What are your thoughts?
Today first started with a call from a collection agency, I pay my bills on time, so naturally I thought it was a mistake. Not so much it turns out that Crime Victims was supposed to pay all medications relating to the rape; however they did not pay one of about 500.00. A bit upset considering I cannot afford a 500.00 bill right now, but I placed a call to my Crime Victims assistance person and of course due to the fourth of July weekend, they were not in. Not really the point of this post but thought I would mention it.
I also checked the state board of parole today and found that my rapist is up for parole this month. As some of you may recall he was charged with burglary and sexual assault in the 3rd degree. He took a plea bargain that eliminated burglary …………….WHICH ODDLY ENOUGH HELD A HIGHER SENTENCE THEN SEXUAL ASSAULT!!!!
I contacted my victim coordinator from the county that the assault occurred in to see what was happening and what I could do. My main intent was to see if I could get a no contact order or restraining order if he should get paroled. Turns out……….and take note of this….in some states at least the one I am in, the police put a one year protection order for you in the event of something like this. However, if you do not renew in 90 days you do not have the option to get one later, unless the rapist or offender does something.
I have a love/hate relationship with our legal system. I realize that many times it is very rare to even get a plea or conviction in a rape case; however, if the rapist is getting out I think it is common sense that the survivor should be able to get a no contact order. Of course I am not the legal system or anyone of importance to make that decision….so my opinion as a survivor does not count.
If I had enough balls I would try to change that law but at this point I do not.
In regards to my emotions, I was and am dealing with what happened much better than before. That being said I was not expecting to have an uprising of fear when I talked to my victim assistance coordinator.
She said that many times the legal system like to parole individuals a year before their discharge to see if they can behave and establish a life again. The fear that ran through me was just like it happened all over again.
I could not believe that a 35 year charge went to a 10 year charge that then went to a 4 year charge and now may be down to 3.
Yes I am fearful, but logically and rationally I know that for him to come after me would be rare and really not in his best interest. That being said I have never been in prison. I believe people could come out one or two ways. First, not ever wanting to go back and be good and second with vengeance. For my sake I hope it is not the latter.
I am typing this in a bit of an emotional state so forgive any misspellings or wrong verbiage. O h well it is my blog………..I will continue to write what I feel and right now I feel fear!