November 6th, 2010, a man chose to betray my trust and turn a consensual interaction into an illegal engagement while I was serving with Peace Corps and he was on military deployment in Uganda.
November 6th, 2011, I boarded a plane for the final trip from Uganda to the States to testify against him in a General Court Martial. After I had landed, a young woman contacted the prosecutor with an eerily similar story of rape by him 3 years prior while he was stationed in the states. Because of the new development, a legal issue with the judge that went to the Appellate court, the trial was delayed a few more times before the actual trial where he was acquitted of 6 charges including 2 counts of forcible rape and sexual assault.
The first full week of November has been difficult to say the least.
November 2012 and forward, I refuse to let the memories of the past overcome my ability of seeing beauty in life. Each year, I will go somewhere stunning, open, and let my spirit be free. I will surround myself with good people and I will create new memories of happiness and joy.
This years destination?
Maine-ly for Me.