Hi. You don’t know me, and, like you said in your letter, I know more about you than you ever wanted all of America to know. In January of last year, you experienced the most horrific thing. This summer, you didn’t think it could get any worse but it did. As a young woman and a citizen of the United States, I want to apologize to you.
First of all, I want to apologize for invading your personal space. While you made the decision to recall your experiences in public, I know this must be very hard for you. Even at times when I think I’m adult enough to accept myself for who I am, it is trying to show myself off to the world. A world that can be so judgmental, harsh, and even kind—all at the same time. I just want you to know that your voice, exposing yourself in this way, while it may feel like an act of vulnerability, it is in fact the most opposite. You have said things women across the country are afraid to say. I am thankful for those like you willing to speak up.
Secondly, I want to apologize for what you’ve experienced. While it is not directly due to any fault of my own, I am a part of the society that allowed this to happen to you. In modern times, we have found ourselves escaping the present. We turn our heads to the evils of the world thinking “this never happens,” when in reality it does. We don’t like to face the horrors of things like racism, sexism, poverty, and sexual assault. This is America…things like this don’t happen here. But yes, they do. You of all people know that now, and you learnt that lesson in the very worst way possible. I’m so very sorry for that. I’m sorry that I am part of a society that tends to turn our heads.
Lastly, I am sorry that you did not receive justice. In the United States of America, we have built our country on “Justice and Liberty for all,” yet you were somehow not included in the “all.” I don’t know why. I wish I had genuine answers as to why things have to be this way. As a citizen, I feel that this is partially my fault. As a citizen, I don’t voice my opinion nearly enough. If everyone would do this, things might have been different. I’m sorry that your story had to be broadcasted worldwide before everyone had an opinion about how things should go. I believe that this should have happened long ago. I believe that justice should’ve have been given to you the very moment you became a victim.
The night I read your letter, I couldn’t sleep. I laid awake staring at my ceiling with your words going over and over in my mind. I wish I could’ve been there for you, even though I have no idea who you are. I wish I could’ve done something for you. I wish I could have sat through all of this with you.
I am nobody to you, but I want you to know that I am on your side. I am with you, and you have my support. What happened to you—I just can’t understand how we let this happen. I am sorry that we let you down, and I hope that one day justice is served to you.
In your support,