Monday, May 5, 2008


By Joanna Connors of The Plain Dealer

On Oct. 27, 1984, a headline on Page 14A in The Plain Dealer read: "Disgusted judge gives repeat offender 30 years for rape."

The story followed standard newspaper protocol: In it, the victim was anonymous.

In this version, the victim has a name. I am Joanna Connors, and I am telling the story I kept private for 23 years. I'm doing it for all of the others who have survived sexual assault in silence, ashamed and afraid to tell their stories. [Click for MORE]

> Plain Dealer gets 200+ e-mails/voice mails about rape story

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