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Transcript RAPE When I first started thinking about writing this article I was sitting in the New Braunfels police station, going through a stack of mug shots. I was thinking in terms of a piece on a kind of terror that is unique to women. I had all the right material. My lover and I had just been robbed at gun point. I had been raped. Our assailant had played tic tac toe on my breast with a knife, and then had spent quite a while trying to decide whether or not to kill us. We had, in that hour or so, learned quite a bit about the word terror. But now a few weeks have passed and while the terror remains a very tangible reality, I've recognized something else that was important about that weekend in New Braunfels. My mother later asked: "Why didn't you come home immediately, as soon as you finished with the police?" Well, see Mom. There were these 44 women there, at Camp Warneke, on retreat, and we wanted to be with them. We needed very much to be surrounded by these women because we had been made helpless, our dignity had been violated, by a man. And although we didn't go out there and yell to all the women present: "Come and hold us for we have been hurt!" we realized that we needed their presence, and that such a group held a new meaning for us. That Friday night, after being bound side by side on the floor of a motel room, after being brutalized mentally and physically by a madman, we couldn't finish with the hospital and police business quickly enough. We wanted to be with our friends, with women, and we immediately sougnt them out. They seemed so nonthreatening, so unlikely to have any need to make us feel helpless. These were friends, yes, but more, they were symbols for us. They were mother and softness and kindness and warmth and safety. I have been aware, politically, intellectually, of the need for rape crisis type help. But those of us who have gone through years of sexual promiscuity in our search for a sexual identity have experienced sort-of rapes. Sex when we didn't want it. And so that night after everything was over, and for a few days after, I thought that part didn't matter, that wasn't going to bother me. But it does.