This is getting its own post because it is that important to me. One of my best friends, a woman I have known since 8th grade homeroom, was raped a year and a half ago. The cops who responded told her no crime had been committed and berated her and her husband before refusing to take her to the hospital or even tell them where the local precinct is so they could report the rape. She had to scream and shout on the street and generally make a spectacle of herself in order to get any help. The case was dismissed in court due to a legal technicality that should have made her case stronger.
But Meredith did not let any of that keep her down. She kept speaking up. She spoke up about the rape. She spoke up about her treatment at the hands of the NYPD beat cops. After the case was dismissed, she didn’t slink into a corner and quiet down, but continues to speak out. She posed for a photograph for Project Unbreakable. She wrote an amazing blog post about her experiences. She will not be silenced.
Meredith has always been a strong woman, who has beaten back her own personal demons with aplomb and humor. Now she is even stronger, a true superhero and role model for women everywhere. I have loved and admired her for almost two decades, and I implore you to do the same. She deserves it, and how.