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Injuries most certainly substantialTo the Forum:

I am horrified by the lack of sensitivity and understanding reflected by your

article about the 14-year-old girl being gang-raped.

Not only is it bad

enough for her to have this information splattered all over the front page of

the newspaper, but to then have you quote the police as saying, “Her

injuries were not substantial,” is unbelievable.

Her injuries were

not substantial!? Where did you come from to believe that anyone, much less a

child, could endure a rape, much less a gang-rape and have her injuries NOT be

substantial.

This girl is a child. Not only is the act of rape violent,

but it will affect her in every way for many years, if not for her entire

lifetime. I call that SUBSTANTIAL.

As a therapist, I have worked with rape

victims, both male and female, for many years. Victims may develop panic

attacks, mood disorders (depression and anxiety), sexual dysfunction,

flashbacks, addictive behaviors, self-destructive or suicidal behaviors. Some

develop phobias and have extensive relationship problems. I call these results

of rape SUBSTANTIAL.

I hope that the police were misquoted in that quote

because if any one of them said it, he or she needs to be educated about the

consequences of rape on the victim.

To the victim (and family) of this

terrible act: Please get good counseling now so that you don’t develop the

problems mentioned above. The sooner that you get help with this trauma, the

better you will feel both now and in the future.

Claire

Hill,

Kapa’a

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The police report was not misquoted. The

report, dated 4/24/00, reads: “No substantial injuries to the victim.”)

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