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danger that we faced and not to give up. With one last cry, my limbs decided to go limp, and my head lolled back. He continued to steal every piece of my innocence in those ten minutes that I went into complete darkness. I don’t remember how I got to the police department, sitting in the same torn clothes from an hour ago, and my phone with a shattered screen on it. I’m sure that I’d gotten some glass on my face from when I made a phone call, and I wished so badly that I could go home and scrub the night from my pores. I wanted to forget that I was left alone in an alley, left to fend for myself as I heard car tires gliding down the pavement of the street. I wanted to forget how lonely and helpless I felt. I wanted to be released from the regret I felt; I should’ve just stayed at the restaurant with my mom and not snuck off to ultimately walk into the worst experience of my life. And, as I stood up to face my mother, I felt my phone buzzing in my hand. The letters of the contact were slurred together, but I knew for a fact that he was calling me. I fluttered my eyes shut and pressed on my home button to stop the ringing. I opened my eyes to watch the screen resemble the darkness that I let myself succumb to. I lifted my head to connect directly with the

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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...