Author Note:

I wanted to thank everyone whose read this store. And to those who sent feedback, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! And I want to send a special thanks to Kasey for all her help and guidance along the way. Her words of encouragement along with my best friend Sarah's constant hounding got me to get my butt in gear and get this story down.

It was a rough story to write, but it was in my head and wouldn't go away.

I know that it's taken a long time for me to get it done and posted, so thank you all for your patience.

Neither of the topics covered in the story should be taken lightly.

~1 in 4 college women have either been raped or suffered attempted rape ~84% of the women who were raped knew their assailant ~57% of the rapes occurred on a date ~Only 27% of women whose sexual assaults met the legal definition of rape thought of themselves as being rape victims ~1 in 12 male students surveyed had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape ~84% of men who had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape, said that what they had done was definitely not rape ~16% of male students who had committed rape took part in episodes with more than one attacker.gang rape ~75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in date rape had been drinking or using drugs ~33% of males surveyed said that they would commit rape if they definitely could escape detection ~25% of men surveyed believed that rape was acceptable if: the woman asks the man out, or the man pays for the date; or the woman goes back to the man's room after the date ~Ten times more rapes are committed than are reported ~The US has the world's highest rape rate of the countries that publish such statistics - 13 times higher than England, 4 times higher than Germany, and 20 times higher than Japan ~39% of woman who are raped have been raped more than once ~In the US, 1.3 women are raped every minute. This results in 78 rapes each hour, 1872 rapes each day, 56,160 rapes each month, and 683,280 rapes each year ~61% of all rape cases are victims less than 18 years old. 22% are between the ages of 18 and 24 ~Up to 90% of all sexual assaults involve the use of alcohol ~In 33% of sexual assault cases, the assault occurs in the victim's home ~21% of women raped by strangers reported the crime to the police; only 1.7% of the acquaintance rape victims reported the assault ~12% of college males reported that they had physically restrained a woman to gain sexual advantage

What to do if you're assaulted

Go to a safe place. Call the police EVEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO PRESS CHARGES. They will assist you in getting immediate and critical medical attention. Do not shower or douche. Call the Sexual Assault Crisis Center. Consider telling someone you trust like a good friend or family member for the much needed support that you deserve. While at the hospital, you will be treated for any injuries, and evidence will be collected in case you decide to press charges. Also, you will be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and the possibility of pregnancy will be addressed, if applicable. Going to the hospital DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU NEED TO PRESS CHARGES. You can decide that later. Explore legal avenues. Sexual Assault Crisis Centers will assist you in reviewing options. Allow yourself time to heal. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT - It isn't your fault so don't blame yourself. No one deserves that and you have the right to say no.

For local referrals or confidential counseling, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD). For emergencies, please call your local police at 911.