Anonymous – 2
Dear 17 year old.
I am writing to you because I have something to ask of you. I want to ask you for your forgiveness. I have blamed you for nine years now and have questioned why you did not leave your rapist or tell someone about what he did to you.
I want you to know that it was not your fault. You were just a kid who was trying to be like your peers by having a boyfriend and going out with someone who loved you. I know now why you stayed in that relationship even after you were raped. You were scared. So scared that you were even willing to be silent and continue to go on by yourself.
How did you do it? I am impressed with your strength. You were raped and continued to go to school and graduated with high honors. You even applied to colleges and prepared for your next move into the future. You were so strong.
I want to tell you how sorry I am for pushing you away, instead of embracing your strength and courage. I want to let you know that you are safe no and are loved by me. The person who raped you no longer has a part of you. I want you to join me into the unknown future. I realize now that I can only learn from you and hope that I can be as strong as you were during that period in my life.
I don’t know what the future holds but if I live to be 70, I will sit as the shore and look out at the wide-open ocean. Guess what? You will never be blamed again foe a choice that you did not decide or agree with. You will be with me. You are (anonymous name) and I love you!
The door is open and I am letting you in. You are truly a part of me and I am glad you are safe now. You should have been with me a long time age but it is never too late to learn and forgive. I am so glad you are here today with me, now and forever.