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Dear Amy,

Hello. My name is Jennifer. I am a 33-year-old woman who so desperately wants to help other victims of rape. When I was 11 years of age, my cousin who lived next door to our family, married a rapist. I was his "unlucky" victim. To try and make a long story short because I know you are very busy, my life as I knew it ended.

One day I would like to talk to you and tell my story so that maybe one day, I could help others and let them know they are not alone, that it is not their fault. I went from tragedy to triumph. I always wanted to try to help but did not feel strong enough. I am strong now. I am able to share my story. Please let me know how I can help.

Thank you,




Dear Jennifer --

Based solely on those who reach out to Ask Amy, I can confirm that there is a need for people like you who are willing to just be a sounding board for others.

Often times, I know that people just want to be heard -- they don't necessarily want to do something, they just want to have someone listen and believe them -- plus they want to know that they are not alone and your experience proves that they aren't. RAINN might be a good place for you to reach out to and also if I get Ask Amy's that seem appropriate, I can send those emails your way. I know that you can help others just by being willing to share your story.

-- Amy

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