What I want to know is this: If I’m ever physically attacked again, will I fight to save myself? And will I be fighting out of righteous anger or out of unstrung fear?
What I need to know is this: Is the angel really the one who needs to die?
'I Guess I'll get twenty years in the penitentiary for this,' he says and waves his hand across the room at me. Twenty years? Just for this? Just for doing this to me? Twenty years is a really long time. In fact, he got 35 years. On a plea bargain. The police, the lawyers, the judge-the state, the legal system-even he, the criminal, the rapist, thought he deserved decades in jail for what he'd done to me. Why didn't I?”
—Betrayed by the Angel: What Happens When Violence Knocks and Politeness Answers? Debra Anne Davis (2004).