Kinuwento ng aktres na si Ashley Judd ang pagharap niya sa lalakeng nanggahasa sa kanya noong 1999.
Sa podcast na ‘Healing with David Kessler’, sinalaysay niya ang pakikipagkita sa kanyang rapist para sa isang “restorative-justice conversation” na isang paraan para ma-overcome ng isang biktima ang trauma.
“To make a long story short, we ended up in rocking chairs sitting by a creek together. And I said, ‘I’m very interested in hearing the story you’ve carried all these years.’ And we had a restorative-justice conversation about that. I wanted to share that story because there are many ways of healing from grief, and it’s important to remind listeners that I didn’t need anything from him and it was just gravy that he made his amends and expressed his deep remorse, because healing from grief is an inside job. I had the opportunity to do my trauma work, to do my grief work, to do my healing work, to have all these shifts in my own consciousness and to bond in these female coalition spaces with other survivors.”
Sa pamamagitan daw nang pakikipag-usap niya sa lalakeng in-assault siya 23 years ago, na-regain niya ang kanyang power at kaya niyang magtiwala ulit.
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Sey pa ng aktres: “I was very clear, my boundaries were intact. I was already an empowered, adult feminist woman. And that this could happen under these circumstances was unconscionable, unforeseen, and yet I have had a restorative-justice process with this person out of how replete my soul is today.”
Inamin ni Judd na tatlong beses siyang na-rape at pina-abort niya ang baby ng isang rapist na nakabuntis sa kanya.
“I’m very thankful I was able to access safe and legal abortion. Because the rapist, who is a Kentuckian, as am I, and I reside in Tennessee, has paternity rights in Kentucky and Tennessee. I would’ve had to co-parent with my rapist.
“I am a survivor of sexual assault, rape, and incest. I am greatly blessed that in 2006, other thriving survivors introduced me to recovery. I seized it. My own willingness, partnered with a simple kit of tools, has empowered me to take the essential odyssey from undefended and vulnerable victim to empowered survivor.” (Ruel Mendoza)