Ap­plaud rape vic­tim for brav­ery

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

Be­low is feed­back to Wed­nes­day’s ‘I for­give you, Stranger Rapist’, an anony­mous col­umn by a rape vic­tim who was as­saulted when she was only 11.

Truly, the only way to grow is to for­give. Young woman, mourn, cry, even be an­gry, be­cause that sit­u­a­tion de­serves anger.

But thank you for for­giv­ing him so that you can heal. Mourn, but for­give. And in for­giv­ing, heal. Be an­gry, but for­give.

And let God know how an­gry you are. But for­give. And in for­giv­ing, heal. Thank you for your brav­ery. ALEX SAN­DER jan­bou@hot­mail.com

I was so touched by this young lady’s story. My heart reaches out to her. Tears welled up in my eyes as I read and felt the pain and anger. I would just want to hug her.

Please en­cour­age her to seek coun­selling, if she has not yet started. I ap­plaud her for for­giv­ing her at­tacker. I pray that she uses her test as a tes­ti­mony to oth­ers who have ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar fate. May God con­tinue to em­power her as she re­claims the joy the devil tried to steal from her. ALI­CIA ROSE lass­inred2k3@ya­hoo.com

She speaks for lit­tle girls all over the world. She can be as­sured that God heard her and that evil does not go un­pun­ished. The fact that she is alive and is able to ex­press her­self so elo­quently, she is blessed. God might have taken that an­i­mal’s life al­ready. LAXLEY lax­ley12@bell­south.net

That was an amaz­ing piece. My thoughts and prayers for the brave woman whose free­dom has come through her abil­ity to for­give such a coward for hurt­ing her.

You are amaz­ingly strong. Even stronger. HO­RACE WRIGHT ho­race.wright68@gmail.com

I have read this let­ter over with tears in my eyes. It’s hurt­ful to see how a dis­gust­ing be­ing can scar a child for life. I am happy that you have for­given and your­self, be­cause un­for­tu­nately, that was the only cure to pain, anger and con­fu­sion felt.

I am so happy that the Lord was your refuge in your trou­bled time; be­cause “the name of the Lord is a for­ti­fied tower; the right­eous run to it and are safe” (Prov. 18:10). I don’t know why ter­ri­ble things hap­pen to us, but it is said that ev­ery­thing has a pur­pose. I am sure that many young women who have suf­fered the same fate have read your let­ter and have found hope.

Keep on for­giv­ing and, most im­por­tant, keep on lov­ing your­self and next time, give your fu­ture hus­band a chance. He will make a dif­fer­ence in your life.

Be blessed. The Lord loves you! KHAROLE CHIN kharolechin@ya­hoo.com

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