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Rape

In just one moment
Just a heartbeat of time
You took away my innocence
And all that was mine
My strength drained away
With it my smile, laugh, and will to pray
You took away my will to live
You took all that I had to give
My heart is mangled
My feelings tangled
You don't know what you've done
And you don't care
with you left my freedom
This shame is more than I can bare
Could it have been my fault?
Could I have stopped this all?
If I hadn't smiled
If I hadn't returned his call
Or was it just the stranger
I passed by on the street
Every time I passed him
He stared down at his feet
Could it be the guilt?
Does he know what he has done?
Or could it be he doesn’t know
That I am the one
I was just another victim
Just another girl to prey upon
I was just another pretty face
To to move to sway to hurt on
Maybe I was mistaken
It could be the wrong man
He couldn't have done this to me
A liar is what I am
Or could it be the fear
That with the truth will go my world
If everyone finds out
I'm not that innocent girl
If I just stay quiet
and force a smile on my face
All will be forgotten
And I can live on in this place
Because with the truth comes the shame
That all will turn their eyes on me
Will they think I'm lying?
Will they think I'm just easy?
Will anyone understand
The pain that comes with each day?
The shame the hurt the sorrow
The life I've thrown away
Because I'm not the person I used to be
She has left, her mind is free
In her place in a tormented soul
Torn apart what once was whole
That man, that person, that took it away
He walks on free
He'll never pay
And I'll be faced with what remains
Of the life he shattered
And I forgave
For I never spoke up
I never spoke out
Concealed is the truth
With my blanket of doubt
Maybe one day I'll find my voice
The one he stole for I had no choice
And I'll tell the world what he has done
I'll tell the truth when I cannot run
And I'll hope time wont be too late
I want him to die
I want him to pay
Let his dignity be stolen
Let his heart and soul be raped
Let me gain back what I lost
Let me take control of my fate
Because rape hurts more than the body
It hurts the heart and soul
Rape takes it away and it will be forever gone
If we don't find the courage
To pick up the pieces and move on

Stop the silence
Give back the hope
Let the truth be heard...
Real men don’t rape





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Neeroj said...
Jan. 13, 2016 at 3:32 am
What you have written is also cheering.
 
xRaenbeauxx said...
Nov. 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm
This poem hit me hard, it is so well written for such an experience. tears were brought to my eyes from the memories it provokes and how far someone can come from such a trauma!
 
Rachel said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Wow, you are an awesome writer. When reading it I could feel the pain as though it were my own. like I had experienced this myself. You dont see to much writing on this topic and I would like to thank you for putting it out there for everyone to see. I hope that more will have the chance to read your work and if it happens to be a victim, maybe she or he will have the strength to come forward to help put an end to this type of violence. I really enjoyed reading your work.
 
Rynne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 6:31 pm
Thanks so much for your comment <333 It's really nice to get them. And I hope so too <33
 
emily.a said...
Sept. 24, 2009 at 2:26 am
nice poetry.it really describes what a person would feel.i hope that it will stop happening though
 
Rynne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 24, 2009 at 11:20 am
Thank you for your comment. We can only hope that it will end.
 
kate1212 said...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 8:47 pm
wow, this kinda hit home for me...but its true with the way girls feel after this experience, at least for me....thanks
 
Rynne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm
I'm sorry that it hit home :( But thank you for your comment...
 
FashionGuru said...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 3:09 pm
Wow this poem was amazing! Your words made me feel so bad for all that have experienced this. I feel somehow connected to them. Great writing.
 
Rynne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 4:46 pm
thank you for your comment
i know, thats why i wrote it, after knowing so many people that have gone through this.. :(
 
Shorty said...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm
i loved this poem. they captured the real essence of what the person feels. well written.
 
Rynne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm
Thank you so much for your comment. <3
 
Jennifer B. replied...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 6:20 pm
this was very good you capture what a raped victim would say, this isn't a topic I've seen talk that much about, good job for putting this out, well written !!!
 
Rynne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm
Thank you so much. I just want to get the victims voices out there, too many of them are afraid to talk if this happened to them, or they tell the wrong people.
 
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