I wasn’t feeling well and left work about 2am. I worked in a hospital at that time. I was running a fever, nauseous and it was so very cold. I was bundled up in my coat and was hurrying across the street to parking garage. I wasn’t paying attention to my surroundings. I reached my car unlocked it open up the door when from behind me a man threw a jean coat around my head and forced me into my car. He put a knife to my throat and said that if I yelled or made any noise he would slice my throat open and kill me. I was terrified but felt helpless and obeyed his every command. He brutally sodomized me tearing my anal area. He kept saying over and over “Bitch you like this don’t you! Tell me that you like it!” I was horrified that I had to repeat that statement. I was horrified by what was happening to me. I felt so helpless. I knew I was going to die. It seemed like it went on for hours, in reality it was about 30 minutes. He never removed the jacket from my face so I couldn’t identify my attacker. I felt raped all over again when the male police officers began to question me. They made me feel like some how this was my fault. My attacker was never prosecuted. It took me many years to be able to talk about what happened to me. To this day I can’t be out in public without my dog. This happened to me 15 years ago and I still have nightmares.
— Tricia, age 44