- Posted July 30, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Impact of Stephen A. Smith's Commentary on ESPN
I was sexually assaulted and raped by a store clerk in broad daylight while on vacation with my family in the Bahamas in 2012. The first question that I was asked by the detectives (after they took 2 hours to show up to the scene) was: "If you were really raped or sexually assaulted, then why didn't you just go around the corner to the police station."
Because we were on a cruise, I had no idea where the police station was, and the security guard who showed up to the scene instructed me to stay where I was, and wait for the detectives.
The thing that made me highly upset about Setphen A. Smith's commentary on ESPN was that I initially felt that I had provoked the man because I was wearing a bathing suit top with shorts, and I did flirt with him a little bit. I thought I was just being nice until he forced me into a back room, and pushed me down and raped me.
The mistrust that I felt from the detectives was crushing. If my family hadn't been there to support me, then I don't know what I would have done.
I filed a police report in the Bahamas, and I have tried to file a civil law suit, but I am getting no where. The detectives from the Bahamas threw out my initial statement that I gave right after the incident, and came to the US a couple months later to get another statement, but I have not heard anything from them since then. They have ignored my emails, and it has been over 2 years.
I video-taped most of my interactions with all of the police officers and detectives on my phone, because I did not feel safe after their incriminating questions.
I think that people who hold an opinon similar to Stephen A. Smith's should ask themselves: "Is there anything that a woman can do to discourage the attacks of a person with no morals?" How was I to know that I was dealing with a vile, predator? What could I have done differently?