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How a Jamaican woman raped at age 11 is trying to heal

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 11:04 AM

A Jamaican woman who was raped at age 11 writes a cathartic letter to the stranger who took her innocence.

"On Friday, September 28, 2007 (yes, I remember the date), you raped me, saw me coming home from school (oh, how you must have planned this for days). I was just a defenceless little girl. … You threw me on the ground and ripped off my uniform … . You held a knife to my throat and I can still hear your voice echoing in my head to this day, 'Gyal, if yuh mek a sound mi [buss] yuh throat!' … I can still smell your stinking ganja breath!"

She tells the rapist how his assault has drained her life of love and happiness.

Read her journey to forgiveness in a guest column in the Opinion section of Today's Gleaner at http://bit.do/StrangerRapist