It means that I am thankful that in my case this did not happen. I was one of RAINN’s statistics in 1999. The ruling by the Italian Supreme Court that a girl’s jeans were so tight that she must have consented to being raped was in 1998.
Fortunately, the Italian Supreme Court reversed their findings. Ten years later.
Were it not for the public stance that this day represents–that rape is not tolerated, will not be excused, and that we won’t be silent about it–our stories may have turned out very differently. Silence has too great a cost.
While it makes me sad that we have to have days like today to remember this, I’m just as thankful that we take the time to look out for each other. I’m thankful that we work together, make our voices heard, and recognize one another. We may not know each others’ stories, but we appreciate the value of a human life and experience.
We are never alone.