“Do you want me to rape you?” he asked. I’m guessing he had a big grin on his stupid face, which I couldn’t see because I was face down on the ground with his weight crushing my skinny body as he sat on me.
“No!” I croaked…all I could think about was getting away.
It was 1972, and I was 11 years old.
My dad was a social worker at the time, and thought it would be a good idea to bring home a couple of foster kids and give them a day in the country. They were brothers, aged 15 and 9. Larry was the older one…if he’d had any athletic ability, he probably would have played on his high school’s football team, although it was doubtful he’d made it past Grade 8 yet. He had shaggy dark hair and body odor. I can’t remember the little brother’s name.
My 8-year-old brother, Jeff, and I set out with the newcomers to show them our 43 acres of cedar trees on the hill behind our house…we even had a “dugout” we believed had been used by the military at some point. We’d been walking out in the woods for a while by the time the little boys took off on their own, leaving me alone with Larry.
I began to feel apprehensive, and suggested we find our brothers. He responded by grabbing my wrist tightly so that I couldn’t run away…I’m not sure how I ended up on the ground. Luckily, Larry didn’t make good on his threat.
I don’t remember how I got away…the boys might have come back, or my parents might have called us for supper.
As soon as we got back to the house, I told my mom I didn’t feel well, and fled to the safety of my bedroom. She came up to see what was going on, and I told her what had happened. She told my dad, who took the visitors back to town. I have no idea if Larry faced any repercussions for his behaviour. We never saw them again.
This incident happened 45 years ago and I’m not “over it”…to be honest, I hope Larry died in jail. I was one of the “lucky ones”…I wasn’t raped, but how many women did that piece of shit assault during his miserable life?
We need to do better: raise our daughters and granddaughters to be strong women, and our sons and grandsons to be strong, respectful men.