Monday, April 20, 2009
2 O'Clock, 3 O'Clock Mondays
At 2 o'clock every Monday, a little white car steadily makes it's way to a pair of brown buildings on the eastside of town. A valuable hour is spent, and on the way out of the appointment, like clockwork, two girls pass each other.
The second girl has the 3 o'clock slot. No doubt both girls wonder what the other is doing there. They have a good idea, considering the particular organization they have been meeting with has a very specific purpose. It comes down to more than that though, comes down to a question of "How much did she have to suffer like I suffered?"
The look they give each other when they pass by one another illustrates the question.
MYTH: A person who has been assaulted will be hysterical
REALITY: Survivors exhibit a spectrum of emotional responses to the assault-calm, hysteria, laughter, guilt, apathy, shock. Each survivor copes with the trauma of an assault in a different way.