The Power Of Words

The word sends a jolt down my spine.

“Please don’t use that word
When you talk about me.
Please say something else.”

I pace back and forth,

“See, rape is something
That happens to other people.
I feel sad for them-
Those poor people
who are victims of rape.”

I try to explain,

“Look, it was a long time ago.
I was just a kid.
A man manipulated,
took control,
took advantage,
took everything.
Well, anyway,
he got away with it.”

But as I walk away,
I wonder,

“Why am I afraid of a word?
If I say it,
Am I a victim again?
If I name it,
Does it happen again?
Or, if I say it,
Am I now in control?”

I…. was…

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