“You promised to protect us.”

We cry as you didn’t do, what you promised you would.

You promised to protect us.

Have you read what happened?
We were raped, beaten, kidnapped and brutalised.
We scream out in desperation.
Why didn’t you help us?
We can barely breathe, as we watch our sisters weep.
You taught us how to be safe, do you think it worked?
As our panties lay at our ankles, dripping with blood?

You promised to protect us.

You taught us how to be safe, and yet all you taught us was how to make sure the other girl is raped instead of ourselves.
Men, what have you done?
We never owed you anything, and yet you were never taught that we aren’t yours for the taking.

You promised to protect us.

You blamed us.
Our clothing, our attitude, our sexuality.

You promised to protect us.

Yet, you didn’t.

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Victoria Yvonne Trudgeon, 2019

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