Name randomly selected. Consider turning the tables on this letter….
As it stands now Susie’s life has been deeply altered forever by the events of Jan 17th and 18th. She will never be her happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile. Her every waking minute is consumed with worry, anxiety, fear and depression. You can see it in her face, the way she walks, her weakened voice, her lack of appetite. Susie always enjoyed certain types of food and is a very good cook herself. I was always excited to buy her a big ribeye steak to grill or to get her favorite snack for her. I had to make sure to hide my favorite pretzels or chips because I knew they wouldn’t be around long after Susie walked in from a long swim practice. Now she barely consumes any food and eats only to exist. These verdicts have broken and shattered her and our family in so many ways. Her life will never be the one she dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of his action out of her 20 plus years of life. The fact that she now has to live with being a sexual assault survivor for the rest of her life alters where she will live, visit, work, and how she will be able to interact with people and organizations. What I know as her father is that this imprisonment is not the appropriate burden for Susie. She had never been sexually promiscuous before and has never been violent before including her actions on the night of Jan 17th 2015. Susie can do many positive things as a contributor to society and is totally committed to educating other college age students about the rape culture that continues to dominate college campuses. By having people like Susie educate others on college campuses is how society can begin to break the cycle of sexual assault and its unfortunate results. Ending the rape culture is the best answer for Susie in this situation and allows her to feel safe to give back to society in a net positive way.
Susie’s Pretend Dad, but really just me Beth Novian Hughes one more appalled woman