New Feature: Kristen Bakalar

In this compelling story about the moment that Kristen was preparing to testify against her attacker, Kristen acknowledges a number of difficulties that many survivors encounter,  including the reaction of parents and loved ones, the seemingly unavoidable barrage of memories of the attack, as well as some of the physical reactions one has to memories of the attack. Wonderfully descriptive, this story allows even the most far removed reader to really experience exactly what Kristen was going through during that very difficult time.

“The dam behind my eyes continued to build as each second passed; I was nervous it would break. The sweat was consuming my body, but it wasn’t a normal sweat.  There were no drips running down my cheek, no beads forming on my forehead, and the color of my shirt hadn’t changed under my arms.  This sweat was more agitating; I was squirming and fighting to get it off of me.  I was panicking and felt under attack by the silent sweat that was steaming out of the pores of my skin.”

Continue reading Kristen’s story.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Lee Ann Apr 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Margot:
    I am in the midst of working with prosecution and police to prosecute as well. I commend you on speaking out. Your post is all of the anticipated emotions I am preparing for myself.

    Thank you for your bravery and being the voice for so many who have not found their own, yet. ;-)
    Lee Ann

  2. Margot Apr 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Hi Lee Ann!

    Your words were very kind and encouraging, but just to clear up any confusion, I simply posted the story. It was written by Kristen Bakalar and submitted to the site. Hopefully she was able to read all of your kind words, as her voice and bravery are both admirable.

    Thanks so much for sharing your kind words with our community.


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