On March 6, 2011 at 16 years old one of my best friends, Avery Peterson, raped me.
On November 5, 2016 I reported it to law enforcement after having a realization that others may be victimized by my rapist. It was an extremely difficult decision to make, and I read various internet articles to help me come to my decision. Along the way I documented my emotional experience during each step and in between of the process. Now I’m sharing them here to contribute to the resources for anyone thinking to report.
Part 1: Calling the Rape Crisis Hotline
Part 3: Morning Before My 1st Statement
Part 4: After My 1st Statement
Part 5: Waiting to Hear What’s Next
Part 6: Day Before My Formal Statement
Part 7: On the Train, On Way to Give Formal Statement
Part 8: Waiting to Hear What’s Next
Part 9: Two Days Before “E” Gives Her Statement
Part 10: After E’s Statement, Waiting
Part 11: Right Before Detective Calls Him
Part 12: After the Detective Contacts Him
Part 13: Waiting to See if He’ll Make a Statement
Part 15: Excerpt. More Waiting.
Part 17: He Decides Not To Give A Statement, Prosecutors Get The Case
Part 18: Two Days Before My Meeting with Prosecutors
Part 19: One Day Before Meeting with Prosecutors
Part 20A: The Text Update to Friends After Meeting with Prosecutors
TL;DR: I’m glad I did report. It was one of the most agonizing experiences of my life.
Two Years Later, the Police Return My Notebook