Written By- Lois Whitfield
A few days back, while doing my investigation about the serial rapist that has been going on in AP, I found out about the women’s shelter.
What at first became great news, changed into sad ones after learning it had suddenly closed with no previous notice.
The women’s shelter was located on Second Street, right in front of the hospital and quite close to the police and fire departments. Supposedly, it aimed to help victims in their recovery process by giving them support and shelter, as well as to help other women not to become victims.
I started my own investigation on the matter; no one seemed to know where the shelter had gone, when or why.
Not even the police officers knew, when some of them were asked, they just responded “I have no idea”.
Those were like red flags to me, and as curious as I am, I started to knock on doors and to make calls to find out the truth.
Truth that was much more painful than it had been anticipated.
There is an official version of the truth, which I am to communicate, but it is up to you, the reader, to decide if this truth is good enough for you.
The shelter ran out of funds.
Now, this version of the truth was not satisfactory to me, and I kept digging only to find out that no one is safe in AP.
Not even I. Being here for barely three weeks; I already had my personal encounter with one of those men that can’t understand a ‘no’ and that lack the skill to seduce a woman.
Some men are so powerless and small, so useless and lack of wit; that believe that forcing themselves upon a woman gives them something. Of course, they are so basic that can’t convince a woman to willingly be with them, and so poor they can’t even pay for one to do it.
Sadly, not all women have the chance to fight back. Sadly not all know how to, nor have the tools.
If you have been a victim, if you have seen it, if you have heard of it, if you as a man or as a woman feel indignant about rape, what will you do? Will you just let it slide? Will you just believe it is normal because it happens every day? This is 2016, we are not in the middle ages when women were objects and pieces of furniture, we have rights and it is time for us to stand up for them.
So now I call on all of you, yes, you… to stand up and raise your voice.
I call on the police department, the fire department, the attorneys, the civilians, the workers, this is in our hands.
The runner of the women’s shelter had her reasons to close it, may them be the official version or a deeper and darker one. But we have our reasons to want it back.
Will you be sitting on your couch while the lives of the women around you are torn apart by impotent men? I hope the answer is no.