Disbelief is a cruel after-effect of rape. It's also the trump card of the rapist. The burden is all too often placed on the victim, not the perpetrator. Those who are raped are asked what they did to provoke the incident, instead of discussing what the rapist actually did.
Lawrence Dimitri Elliott was born on September 25, 1961, in San Diego, California. He is an author and a contributor to the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. At the age of 13, he was part of the first group of San Diego inner-city minority children to participate in a city-wide busing program. The group of mostly African-American, Latino, and Asian kids were met with quite a bit of hostility from many of the students and parents of the predominantly white neighborhood. At the same time, Lawrence was targeted as having a reading disability. He was immediately placed in a special reading class. What started out as the worst period in his life turned out to be a blessing. After working with a reading development teacher, they both uncovered a gift: he had a talent for writing. As a special assignment, his teacher tasked him with submitting to her an essay a week. He loved it so much, he began writing three or more. From that point on, Writing became an important part of his life.
Author and Chicken Soup for the Soul Contributor