Aftermath

                      by Pamela Newham

She sends a text:
An update.
My attacker has plea-bargained.
Eighteen years.
I am happy with that.

One after the other we reply:
Good news.
You must be relieved.
You have been so strong.
We are here.

And I think of all those others
who have never found their voices,
years upon years of unheard voices.

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