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Prayer for Persimmons and Stories

The first story came a few months ago from a close friend. She and I were having dinner together, and as it often happens, our conversation ranged around a number of topics—what we’d been reading, politics, where we’d been and who we’d seen, our families. The Me Too movement was just springing up, and our talk turned to that. Suddenly my friend was telling me about her experience of being raped by a blind date in college fifty-odd years ago. I had not seen that coming. I did not know what to say, so I said very little. The conversation moved on, but I was haunted by her story, which she had just told for the first time. As I thought about it after we parted, I was appalled by my response to

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