Thursday, April 23, 2015

National Crime Victims Rights Week 2015


Well I am a little late on writing this but better late than never, this week is National Crime Victims Rights week, during this week the Office For Victims Of Crime or OVC recognizes organizations, programs, people etc. for supporting victims and victim services and these recipients are recognized at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony which was already held.  In honor of this week I want to recognize and thank one person in particular who assisted me right after the rape. Now I will not name names but I will tell you the story of what she did for me and why I will never forget her. 

Right after the sexual assault I called 911 as I hid in the bathroom, although things are a bit hazy about that time, I do remember 4 to 5 men responders and at the time it was not what I wanted to see.  Then in she came, she was a volunteer from the fire department and the only women there.  She escorted the men out of the bathroom and sat with me encouraging me to get to the ambulance.  Now I don’t really remember how I actually go into the ambulance or the ride to hospital but was I do know is that she was there the entire time.

At the hospital I did not want anyone to know what happened, and at that time in the morning I really do not know if anyone would answer, but she stayed with me.  Keep in mind she was a volunteer for the fire department not an assault provider and with the little we spoke between my tears and shock I learned that she had to go to her full time job in 4 to 5 hours, but yet she stayed. I even recall telling her I would be ok if she had to leave but she never did.  I remember her talking with me, what she said I do not remember, she held my hand, and she was there when she did not have to be. She sat in the room during the entire rape kit, the cleaning of my wounds, everything, and she had an entire day ahead of her! She stayed because she cared, because it was the right thing to do, she even took me home when it was all done.

About a month or two after the rape I was driving to the courthouse and it dawned on me. She was the ONLY one who took the time to be with me during that awful time, even though she had a full shift ahead of her and from what I recall perhaps even children at home.  I do not remember why I had her number but I called right then and there to thank her and even though I did that it still to me was not enough.  It is people like her that should be fully honored during National Crime Victims Rights week 2015 and as far as I concerned she should be honored every day!

Now she may never read this, or know how I think of her often and the selflessness she displayed by being there for me that night, but in honor of National Victims Rights Crime Week I honor her, I thank her, I would give her some huge award if I could, and from that experience she is a constant reminder that even in the darkest of places and in a world where so many awful things are happening there are people who care about others whether they know them or not. That being said I care about all of you who are reading this and especially those who have been a victim of rape or any other crime, whether you believe it or not I do think and pray for my readers.

I would love to hear in the comments below or in an email who you would honor for this National Victims of Crime Week 2015!

Victoria

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