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Interpersonal Violence Late one night in 1988, while at a party a fifteen-year-old girl is raped by her would-be boyfriend. The violent act alone would have been devastation enough but her attacker went one step further and videotaped the incident. As she sat in school two days later still in shock, the reality not having hit her full force yet, she learned that he had had another party and invited all of the boys from her high school. He had played the video for them to add to her degradation. I was that fifteen-year-old girl. I was raped physically, emotionally and spiritually by my attacker that night and I have never put myself into such a vulnerable situation or been so naïve since. Yes, I was raped as a young teenager, naïve and innocent, unaware of the dangers that lurked around every corner. I describe myself as a survivor though instead of a victim and that is an incredibly important distinction. A victim is and always will be a victim until they deal with the personal humiliation and guilt they feel after one of these horrific and terrifying personal attacks. It takes caring individuals, time and dedication to change victims into survivors, but mostly it takes compassion and understanding. Interpersonal violence is not just a crime as dictated by the laws of our country it is also a crime against morality and nature. Agencies like Safe Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition of Spartanburg set out to decrease the rates of these violent attacks and increase the rates of survival for the victims. Interpersonal violence may sound like a broad generic term but it actually refers specifically to domestic violence and rape. Interpersonal violence describes crimes that are about rage and control. These non-profit volunteer agencies that assist victims with the difficult transition to survivor are vital to our communities. Because they exist victims have help to recover from an act that they did nothing to provoke even if they don’t have the means to pay for it. It also means
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that the volunteers who work for organizations like this must make a deep personal commitment to the cause. These volunteers may suffer along with the victims they are trying so hard to help, so they need emotional support and sometimes counseling services from their organization as well. I interviewed another rape survivor, who had done nothing more than arrive at a job interview to become a victim. This woman was brutally attacked and ended up spending three weeks recovering in the hospital. “In September of 1977, I was the victim of a horrific sexual assault” (Doe). This woman was interrogated and made to feel as if the assault were somehow her fault by the detectives at the hospital. She was ready to give up and let her attacker get away
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