By Lethbridge Herald on October 19, 2016.
I find myself thinking about a young woman from our community whom I have never met. I grieve for her as she completely lost personal safety, as she was on her way to earn her living, when she was so savagely attacked by a total stranger.
I imagine how happy she was on her wedding day, so full of hope and promise, only to find herself grasping for life in the hospital a few months later. I think about the ways that caring and respectful members of our society respect physical boundaries and affirm signs of mutual consent for legal age-appropriate individuals.
I think about the â€œI believe youâ€ campaigns and the inherent right of every human being to feeling safe and loved. I cry for this woman, and all persons before and after her, who suffer degradation in a world that convicted, and unconvicted sexual offenders, act out their rage in violence.
What will it take to make every adult and child safe to live out their lives in peace? I pray for this day to happen.