Dear Corey Litton

January 11, 2022

Dear Corey,

On the night you sent me out of your home the summer of 2017, I almost died. Richard took me back to his apartment where he beat and strangled me within an inch of my life. He wanted to teach me a “lesson” I would “never forget” and he certainly did. To this day, I have nerve damage to the right side of my body. (Richard is left-handed.) After that, I did not dare to try leaving Richard again. Thank heavens that he eventually left me, but unfortunately not before he caused permanent nerve and brain damage.


Reasons you should believe rape survivors

In my court hearing against rapist Aaron Lamb this past week, he called his ex-wife to the stand as a witness. Lamb also made reference to another person I had considered a friend, a fellow feminist, and an ally in the fight against rape culture. Third, he referenced a friend who had for a time in 2017 helped me to escape my marriage to a mortally-violent man. It breaks my heart that despite all the awareness spread by movement like #MeToo and #TimesUp that still some people (even people close to a survivor) still stubbornly and with great cruelty choose to side with the rapist instead of the people he has victimized.