There is an interesting article in the NY Post about a 13 year old girl who used feigned compliance to get her attacker to relax his grip until she could run away and get help. What is most interesting to me is the way that this attack has affected her. I think some times in our society we think “well, this was only an attempted kidnapping or attempted rape, so she didn’t really get hurt.” Even though this encounter only lasted a few minutes, it has still greatly changed the way this young child feels about and perceives the world. We as a society need to remember to have compassion with all victims and survivors regardless of what they have endured.
I hope and pray that years from now, when she has regained her trust in humanity, she will remember this final statement she made in court:
“There is only one good thing that came out of this,” she said. “I showed other little kids that they can fight back. You can always fight back to the bad person that’s trying to hurt you.”