After the allegations in the news recently, I thought I was important to share this story. It’s one story. It doesn’t diminish the victims who had been further traumatized by Peace Corps actions. It’s important to realize those statistics were highly sensationalized by CBS. Rape and the reactions by others is not just a Peace Corps problem.
If we were having coffee, I’d first thank you for meeting me downtown. It’s more convenient for me this morning. I’m off to the library for a little workshop on self-publishing hosted by some local authors. Hopefully I’ll learn a thing or two. I just don’t spend enough time at our library. I have every intention of going to more of their events, and it slips my mind.
Yes, yes, yes. I can’t add anything else.
I am six. My babysitter’s son, who is five but a whole head taller than me, likes to show me his penis. He does it when his mother isn’t looking. One time when I tell him not to, he holds me down and puts penis on my arm. I bite his shoulder, hard. He starts crying, pulls up his pants and runs upstairs to tell his mother that I bit him. I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone about the penis part, so they all just think I bit him for no reason.
I get in trouble first at the babysitter’s house, then later at home.
The next time the babysitter’s son tries to show me his penis, I don’t fight back because I don’t want to get in trouble.
One day I tell the babysitter what her son does, she tells me that he’s just a little boy, he doesn’t know…
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Here is the start of a story, inspired by a door-to-door salesman that got a little frustrated when Cam informed him we didn’t want to spend $40 on all purpose cleaner. After it happened, Cam and I dreamed up poor James’ life story. Forgive all grammatical errors and typos. A first rough draft left unfinished when I ran out of steam.
Arguably Philip K. Dick’s most well known novel today, it’s the perfect place to start reading the classic sci-fi author’s works. It’s a short, fast read, but compact with action, reflection, and mystery.