I Survived Rape 22 Years Ago: Here’s My Story of Finding Justice

I Survived Rape 22 Years Ago: Here's My Story of Finding Justice
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I’m a sur­vivor of a 22-year-old rape case. I was the 14th vic­tim of Daniel Cum­mings, but I resolved to be an out­lier in the grim sex­u­al assault report­ing statistics.

That night, my life changed as I was vio­lat­ed and robbed in my home with my young son asleep. I chose to report the crime, despite the emo­tion­al tur­moil. Detec­tive Lar­ry Dun­can, who took my case, worked relent­less­ly, keep­ing me informed through­out the investigation.

Rape sur­vivors often face an uphill bat­tle, with many cas­es going unre­port­ed, unre­solved, or unbe­lieved. I was for­tu­nate to have sup­port, resources, and priv­i­lege. My case was not just mine, but for all of Cum­mings’ victims.

Reporter Andrew Wolf­son’s metic­u­lous inves­ti­ga­tion, “In Pur­suit of a Sex­u­al Preda­tor,” was a rare gem in today’s fast-paced news cycle. The sto­ry’s accu­ra­cy helped me heal, and Cum­mings was sen­tenced to 470 years in prison.

Now, with Wolf­son’s retire­ment, I want to thank him and remind every­one that jus­tice mat­ters. When some­one dis­clos­es their sex­u­al assault, just lis­ten. It’s a vital step in their heal­ing journey.

In the US, only 7 out of 1,000 report­ed rapes result in a felony con­vic­tion. Let’s sup­port sur­vivors and strive for a more just society.

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