Angela Kelsey

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she wore a sparkly purple dress

Filed in Current Affairs :: October 30, 2009

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Please imagine yourself as a high-school girl.  The fifteen-year-old you dresses up for a homecoming dance, wearing a sparkly purple dress and faux diamond jewelry.  Choosing the dress has been your obsession for weeks.  The jewels make you feel like a princess.  You spend all afternoon on your hair and makeup. 

You go alone to the dance, excited and nervous and hopeful that you will meet your friends, be comfortable and accepted, dance, flirt, gossip, laugh.  Your father will pick you up at an appointed time.  You have your cell phone so you will be safe.

When I put myself in the heels of a fifteen-year-old whose potentially joyful rite of passage ends with a horrific gang-rape and beating, I feel overwhelmed with sadness and powerlessness.

The bystanders stood by.  We don't have to.

Dora McQuaid has created a Facebook Group called "Circle of Light" and if you're on FB, please join the group and post your prayers.  If you're not on FB,  please join the circle of light by offering your prayers for this survivor.

Here are some resources from the  FB  "Circle of Light" group page:

ON THE RAPE AND BEATING:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/28/california.gang.rape.bystander/
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/28/california.rape.investigation/index.html

ON THE POWER OF PRAYER AND POSITIVE THOUGHT:
http://www.time.com/time/columnist/jaroff/article/0,9565,193084,00.html

RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND INCEST RESOURCES:

To get information and resources:
http://www.nsvrc.org/contact/nsvrc
http://www.rainn.org/

For organizations addressing sexual violence:
http://www.nsvrc.org/organizations

To find a local Sexual Assault Crisis Center:
http://centers.rainn.org/