In other news....4:25 PM
Generally this is my photography BLOG but when I feel strongly about something....I post it. Keeping ourselves, family members and friends safe is super important to me. If one life is saved or one person avoids a brutal attack or rape then it will be worth it.
When I was a teenager I went with some friends to Lagoon (a theme park in Utah). We were going with some guys friends we had recently met. As we were driving...I realized we were not going the right way. I started getting nervous realizing I was in a car full of guys and my sister and friend were in the other car. I didn't want to ask questions and make anyone upset so I just pretended to be fine and acted like I didn't notice anything.
They took us up into the mountains and started un-packing camping gear and drinking. We were so confused and scared but just wanted to be calm. They took us so far into the mountains that we had no cell phone service. As the hours dragged on and the guys got drunk we started breaking down. We tearfully asked the guys to please take us home as our parents were expecting us. They just ignored us.
We were scared to be pushy and we didn't want to upset them because so far they were leaving us alone. After we realized they were not taking us home... we climbed into a tent and were going to try and get some sleep.
I remember waking up with two guys on top of me each holding a leg and trying to take off my pants. I started screaming and crying. No matter how hard I struggled...I was nothing compared to these two. I will never forget the fear that came over me. I thought...they are going to rape me. I couldn't believe what was happening. My sister and friend woke up and started screaming. Finally another guy ran in and stopped them before anything happened and we were eventually returned home.
I still remember it like it was yesterday. It makes me ill how many times it hasn't ended like my situation. I fear for my daughters and for my sons. I was lucky. There are so many that aren't. I am posting this to hopefully save a life.