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knew that this was going to be the man that I dreamed of at night. Stuck in the thoughts in my head, I was unable to notice the shadow that was following mine. My town isn’t known for having a high level of any sort of crime, nor any instances that would make it feel unsafe. Because of this fact, I roamed the streets without fear in my heart, even as a little girl. My parents grew up in the same neighborhood, so everyone looked out for me when they saw me. Plus, it was fairly quiet, as nobody was really outside during the afternoon. So it was an unpleasant surprise when I felt somebody’s hands pull me into a dark alley that I thought I was just passing by. I let out a scream as I was slammed against the wall. The impact on my skull caused me to see stars in my vision, but I still found myself fighting off the hands that roamed my skin without my permission. My phone slipped out of my pocket, and I wished that I had a knife or pepper spray in my bag to defend myself from whatever was about to occur. The tears stung the corner of my eyes, and I felt myself too still to scream for help. I silently sobbed as I willed my body not to give up its defense, to feel the 149

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2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...