I usually am not one to comment more than once on a particular story but I could not get this disgusting/sad/horrific tale out of my mind for some reason. Credit your vivid prose Heather. It’s unfortunate to say the least but I’ve heard similar things from almost all of my women friends. Abuse of power, specifically in the sexual realm, from men who feel entitled and/or are psychotic and/or are just plain mean/bad people. The socioeconomic factor seems to be a common thread as well. The rich man abuses the less well off woman because he knows he can/will get away with it.

Thank you for publishing this. I think many men like myself who grew up naturally shy and, if I can be brutally honest, afraid of women, have a hard time understanding stories like these. I could never imagine acting this way toward anyone. Whenever I jerked off it was always alone and in shame. To expose myself to a woman in any manner would be unthinkable. Morally repugnant and a metaphysical impossibility. Women still scare me to this day though I have learned to temper that fear with women I know, love, and respect. I have no idea how many men are like me and how many like the prick described in your story. I pray we outnumber them but the truth may be sadly the opposite. My point being that for men like myself even imagining that things like you describe happen, and happen all too often, is hard. We need to see/read these types of stories if we ever hope to truly understand the world from the female perspective. Thank you and once again please accept my heartfelt apology from all the good people out there. They are legion and hopefully growing.

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