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Column: Battling betrayal

'I never thought I would have to say Me Too'

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"I was sad for a while, then angry, and now I’m hungry for justice. I will fight this battle because, unlike you, I have an army behind me, and we won’t give up."

Grace Nguyen

Grace Nguyen

"I was sad for a while, then angry, and now I’m hungry for justice. I will fight this battle because, unlike you, I have an army behind me, and we won’t give up."

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I trusted you.

We were friends, and this is how you treat me?

It doesn’t even feel real.

I never thought I would have to say, “Me too.”

It all happened so fast. One day I was on top of the world, but then the next day it was all gone. You took it away from me. When it first happened, I didn’t realize how serious it was. I needed someone to pinch me because there was no way this is my life. It was like something you see in the movies, and now I was living it.

I wish I could turn back the clock. I didn’t want to find out. I wanted to continue living my life as if it was normal. I didn’t want to tell anyone. Sitting at the police station, my heart was racing as I wondered if I was doing the right thing.

I wanted to see the best in you. I stayed up all night trying to come up with a reason as to how you could do this to me. And when I finally accepted it, I began to think back to when I first met you, almost two years ago.

Have you been doing this for two whole years? I’m trying to not let this affect my life, and I’m trying to smile through the pain. But the hardest part is not knowing. I just need to know the truth. I want to see you suffer the way I am. I need you to feel my pain.

I’ve deleted your contact, all the pictures I have of you, but I can’t delete the memories. You made me feel stupid. How could I not know? How did I miss the signs? But my biggest question is, how you could hurt me like this?

I was sad for a while, then angry, and now I’m hungry for justice. I will fight this battle because, unlike you, I have an army behind me, and we won’t give up. And I know I will have to face you and know that when you look at me, you’re seeing what’s underneath my clothes. But that won’t stop me from doing what’s right. If we don’t win this battle, you will have the chance to do this to another innocent person, and I’m determined to not let that happen. I want you to know that I never asked for any of this, but since you started it, I’m going to finish it. Your biggest mistake in life was hurting me and my friends.

People tell me they’re proud of me for coming forward. But I don’t want praise. I want you to pay for what you did. I will not hold back, and I will not be another stereotypical sexual harassment victim who doesn’t talk.

I could take the easy route and cry at home about how you betrayed me, but that’s not who I am. I know I will get past this, but first I am going to make sure you never forget what you did to me.

This is war, and I don’t own a white flag.

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3 Responses to “Column: Battling betrayal”

  1. Patricia Dempsey on April 5th, 2018 9:29 pm

    Very powerful Katie!

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  2. Randall Dempsey on April 6th, 2018 6:35 am

    Powerful and courageous article about a traumatic event. Well done Kathryn.

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  3. Johnny on April 6th, 2018 1:22 pm

    Amazing article! I can’t believe she did that, i am angery!

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