This is what men will never understand, she realizes…


Their dishonor, men’s dishonor, can always be redeemed,
defeat followed by victory,
capture by escape,
escape by capture.
Up hill and down dale.


But women are dishonored once and for all.
Their only hope is to hide it.


To keep it to themsleves
.”

Peter Ho Davies, author.
The Welsh Girl (p.271). Houghton Mifflin Company. New York, New York: 2007.

Summary: The narrator of this quote, Esther Evans, lives in an isolated Welsh village whose traditions have not changed for centuries until World War II, bringing refugee children, soldiers and the advances of modern life. Esther develops a crush on a soldier who rapes her and is shamed into silence. Esther struggles with the trauma of rape while the village views the soldiers as heroes– rugged men on an important mission. The consequences of the rape will forever change Esther’s life, her place in the village…and will shape her attraction to a German POW, a dangerous enemy that seems much safer than the soldier supposed to keep her safe.

 

******* SOME RESOURCES OF WHERE TO CALL FOR HELP USA AND UNITED KINGDOM*********

National Sexual Assault Hotline, USA | 1.800.656.HOPE | Free. Confidential. 24/7.

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, USA | 1-866-331-9474 | 1-866-331-8453 TTY

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), USA: http://www.rainn.org/

Rape Crisis England and Wales: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/

UK Domestic Violence Free Phone (24/7): 0808 2000 247

UK Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre National Helpline (Females, Males, Friends & Family in Crisis or Needing Support). Every day 12-2:30pm/7-9:30pm. Free from all UK landlines and mobile phones. 0808 802 9999

Find A Rape Crisis Centre in the UK: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/centres.php

UK Domestic Violence Resources & Hotlines:  http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk/Resources/helplines.htm

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