So thats my list

Brent Brents, 09/16/2010, 3:05 a.m.

So heres a short list of things i never got to do and regret.

Raise a family
Make love to a woman i was truly in love with
Not rape
See Niagra Falls
See the Amazon
See a whale shark
Own a Ranch
Got to know my siblings

So thats my list. I suppose i could do a bucket list but i’d Never get to do it.

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  1. Jessica

    Brent,

    My name is Jessica. I don’t know that you’ll have a chance to read this or respond, but I felt compelled to write. I was raped when I was fifteen years old by an older guy who attacked me in my home. It certianly was a horrible, terrifying, and damaging event in my life that I will always remember. It has been ten years since it happened and somewhere during that time I came to forgive that man. I believe it was something I had to do in order to heal and move forward. It wasn’t easy. I went through periods of very self-destructive behavior. But in the end, I overcame many things, graduated college, had successful relationships with men, and overall I think I have done really well.

    I guess I want you to know that I truly believe people are capable of forgiving others and forgiving themselves, regardless of what horrible acts have taken place. I’m not incredibly religious, but I do believe God loves every single person on earth, and that he wants and does forgive and redeem the sins of those who repent. So don’t give up.

    Lastly, I want to say that I believe what you and Amy are doing is very helpful. Understanding the environmental and biological reasons people commit violent and/or sexual crimes is paramount in developing prevention in our society. The most haunting thing about my ordeal was being left the question, “Why did this happen?” So I applaud any efforts in research aimed at anwering that question. All we can do is learn from the past and work towards a better future.

    Sincerely,
    Jessica

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