Warning: This article includes details of a sexual assault case.
Laura can remember the fear that gripped her when a doctor started touching her in a way she knew wasn’t normal.
She was 27 and lying in a Texas hospital bed, heavily sedated and tethered to machines. She had just suffered a severe asthma attack, and she remembers the person in the white coat who was meant to care for her committing the most vile act of betrayal.
She remembers his hands moving over her chest, her legs and beneath her underwear.
She remembers wanting to scream and to struggle, but being too weak to move.
She remembers being turned over and raped, but her body incapable of responding.
She remembers trying to press the nurse’s call button, once, twice, three times, but no one came. The device was unplugged.
She remembers desperately using her only remaining power: her vision. She remembers trying to glimpse his face, his shoes, anything, in the room’s darkness, so she could stash his memory away.
“It’s the feeling that you can’t do anything. You can’t do anything to save yourself,” said the mother-of-two – whose identity has been protected – in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, two years after the November 2013 incident.