Soul on Deck
When I was 14, I was the victim of an orchestrated gang rape. When I finally got to the hospital, a woman I had never seen before had ridden her bike in the middle of the night to just sit with me and help me navigate the ER, Police, Rape Kit... and all the other very confusing and scary things that come after a very chaotic and scary experience.
She was "soul on deck" to my 14 year old terrified self. I never took my eyes off her when she left the room.
I have never seen her again. I pay her kindness forward as much as I can daily for the last 23 years of my life. I've sat with countless women and children in the last 2 decades, hoping that the light she lit for me when I was 14 will continue to be lit and never go out.
Thank you "soul on deck"
You will never know how much you meant to a tiny scared girl who thought the world was out to get her.