So there I was in the middle of a heavy text conversation -- as heavy as a text conversation can get -- when I looked down at my phone and noticed that one of the words read "r****" in place of "raped." "R****?" Really?
Politicians in Pakistan agree on little these days, but in the last two weeks I have seen consensus around at least one issue: the need to address civilian losses from armed conflict and terrorism in Pakistan.
If you have a victim mentality -- in other words, if you feel powerless to affect your circumstances -- you are likely to feel that the world is "doing it" to you and that there is nothing you can do about it.
I'm acutely aware that as I've had the opportunity to heal and grow, I've been able to experience a freedom that was denied me when I was in the commercial sex industry. Sara Kruzan has never experienced that freedom.
Elected officials must consider the awesome responsibility of the jobs they've been entrusted to do. Talk to victims, survivors, and law enforcement about the all too pervasive and underreported tragedy of gun violence. And then do something to halt it.
As much as the details of Felicia Lee's life and death would seem sensational enough for widespread media coverage, unlike Annie Le's murder, Lee's has largely failed to capture the public's imagination.