With tears in my eyes

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I was read­ing Voices let­ters when I ran across the one from Juanita Lynch. It brought tears to my eyes for the raw pain that was still dis­played af­ter 50 years. The truth of her state­ment was ir­re­vo­ca­ble and I felt the pain of her life af­ter all these years. To have this se­cret and to have to live in this town see­ing the per­pe­tra­tor go about his life with no jus­tice ever ap­plied to him has to have been a liv­ing hell.

We take for granted what women have had to go through start­ing with slav­ery, when a mother had no choice but to sub­mit to the mas­ter her girlchild. Some men to this day feel they have a right to do to a woman what­ever they please and she is to ac­cept it with noth­ing said, be­cause no one will be­lieve that “I” did this to you, who is con­sid­ered a no­body.

No more shame, pain, guilt. Juanita, you de­serve none of these—only the de­spi­ca­ble be­ing that harmed you de­served to suf­fer from these. May God give you peace is my prayer for you.

MAR­I­LYN PLANT

North Lit­tle Rock

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