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  •  Thank you for sharing (8+ / 0-)

    and giving voice to so many who, for whatever reason, have not seen justice or are not able to share the impact of a new reality due to violence. I have 900 miles and 21 years separating such realities. I am to the point now where it is only once or twice a year I think anything about my life back then...mostly trying to recall what it felt like to be me before I said hello to the wrong man.

    Again, thank you for expressing your experiences.

    Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth. - Jean Paul Sartre

    by ApatheticNoMore1966 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:43:38 PM PST

    •  me? 30+ years, 3 continents between (7+ / 0-)

      No recollection, nada, of what it felt like to be me before that.

      But, hell, three continents, three languages, three DEGREES, feels like three LIFETIMES....and I'm working on a book about it, too. Well, not about "it", mostly about the three decades, three continents, three languages and three degrees between.

      Silver lining?Three lifetimes in one. Yeah!

      Poetic justice?
      We shall see.

      I'm tired of the violence, period, in this society.

      As a community college prof, I'm scared to go to work tomorrow, after the incident in TX.

      As a victim of violent crime, I'm TIRED of violence.
      Because it does NOT go way. It changes you. It changes your life. Your career. Your everything.

      Even your memory of who you were before.
      The violence.
      No matter what the form.
      Gunshot.
      Rape.
      "Domestic" abuse (is it supposed to hurt less by virtue of its "domesticity"? Right)
      And then
      you're supposed to get up and
      go to work
      at a community college
      after the gun violence
      erupted
      at a community college
      in the library
      (where you sought, and actually FOUND
      refuge)
      from the violence
      the violence
      violation
      of your
      vocation
      your
      vacation/s
      your everything.

      Vacate
      the
      violence.

      Enough
      is
      enough.

      Because
      once you have been
      victimized by violence
      in whatever form,
      it is always
      there.

      Here.
      There.
      Everywhere.

      Whatever you do
      is
      never enough.

      Enough
      is
      enough.
      Enough.

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