“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” -Christopher Reeve
After testifying in an Article 32 in April of 2011 against a man who chose to rape me, an amazing woman said I was her hero. I knew that pursuing legal justice would be difficult but was determined to persevere and do my duty in preventing him from repeating atrocities towards other women.
At the moment when she said I was her hero, I questioned if I could handle the deep feelings of disheartedness that came with it.
2 year mark from the incident. So many overwhelming obstacles, so many tears and disappointments. The good news is that I have not let this incident define my life or my future. I have struggled and yet I have grown into a more passionate advocate and resilient woman.
These flowers today are from the same woman who called me her hero so long ago. I am extremely thankful for the love and support I have received from her and others who have played a vital role in this healing journey.