We Are Emily: Life and Art After Rape

Photo of the Author by Kristin Oliveri

I wrote this poem when the first man who raped me died. In the summer of 2016, N* died of leukemia and Brock Turner served 90 (!) days in Palo Alto County jail on three charges for sexually assaulting a woman identified then only as Emily Doe.

I don’t want to tell the details of what happened to me anymore. I’ve shared it. Drunk. With new boyfriends and bartenders and strangers. Sober. With…

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