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.

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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.

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