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Transcript The female genital anxiety is one way psychology books describe the problems that arise because we can't SEE what's going on down there, as can a man. I felt dirty, diseased, filled with gonorrhea, rampaging syphilis, and maybe even mange. Because we all know that sickies who go around getting their cookies that way can't be clean or healthy. And what about my lover who lay helpless, bound beside me throughout that assault? When will we be able to again make love without some memory of that experience destroying our spontaneity? He stole so much from us, that bastard. And spontaneity of all kinds is the most unforgivable. So many freedoms are gone. The freedom from fear of strangers, of mobility in the night, of a peaceful sleep not wracked by terrible flashbacks. We both go over and over again in our minds what we might have done, all that counsel heard over the years. Scream. Kick him in the groin. Stick your fingers in his eyes. Run. It wasn't that we froze when we first saw the gun. Had one or the other of us been alone, then maybe we would have tried one of those tactics. But we were each with a woman we loved. And how easy it is to obey the most repulsive command if there is one chance in a thousand that he will spare that woman's life. It was a radicalizing experience, and I don't feel comfortable in this particular radical stance. I, who used to round up flies and toss them out the door instead of swatting them, I now want to kill this man. Could, in fact, kill him today if he were in front of me and it was I who had the gun. I, who have always argued passionately against capital punishment, now want such a criminal terminated. Not incarcerated for a few years, rehabilitated and then released. Not hospitalized and therapized and cured and then released. A Texas Ranger who was brought in on the case and who may or may not know what he's talking about said that nine out of ten sex offenders are men who are repeaters after either prison or therapy. In the week following the New Braunfels experience my lover was alone on an elevator with a man who casually surveyed her with half a leer. She was for the first time outraged and terrified at what used to seem like a harmless but distasteful gesture. So we witness our growing anger each day now, and we can find no constructive outlet for it. We feel soothed in the company of our women friends, and our need to reach out to them is surprising to us. The trauma of this kind of violence is an intensely personal experience, however. It doesn't just end. There is stage after stage that confronts us each week, although a haunting realization remains constant and astounding throughout: We are all so fucking helpless and vulnerable. Jo