Sara Roebuck was 24 years old when she was violently attacked by a man in a nightclub bathroom. The British woman living in Paris had just moved to the city when the man locked her in a room and attacked her.
He used a fire extinguisher to obstruct the door where he locked her, before forcing himself on her. He forced her against a sink in the small bathroom and attempted to rape her. Consequently, her body was left with hand-shaped bruises, after what could not be completed by the monstrous man.
One year later, after his conviction, Sara decided to pen a letter to her attacker.
She wrote: “Dear individual,
“I write to you on this cold December evening, almost one year after you tried to rape me, because it’s the first time that I’ve felt strong enough to put pen to paper.
“I write to you because this afternoon we met again, only the surroundings were not quite the same.
“Your hands were cuffed behind your back, not sweatily gripped around my body. Your eyes were on the floor, not greedily inches away from my face.
“We were in the same room, only this time it was my choice and not yours.
“This time, you didn’t succeed in blocking the door with a fire extinguisher and keeping me against my will.
“This time, the door was closed behind you, by an armed police officer, and within, you found yourself looking at three judges in front of you, and my lawyer to the left of me.
“I write you this letter knowing you will never read it, because you are about to spend a significant duration of your adult life, as you already have done for the last ten months, in prison.
“But, I must write it nonetheless, for men like you, for women like me, but above all, for my own emancipation.”
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Sara, a student at Sciences Po in Paris, told The Mirror how she was writing the letter for other victims of rape and sexual assault. She hopes that the taboos that encircles victims end, and that the world changes its perspective and attitude towards these.
Sara told The Mirror: “To be honest I am completely gobsmacked by everything, it has totally exploded in the last 24 hours and I’m just so emotional and thrilled that everything I wrote is being put out there for literally millions of women to read.
It’s really brave of women who are rape survivors to come forward and share their stories.
More strength to survivors!