July 12, 2011 in Awful Things
“It’s called dissociation, and is a common and quite unsettling response to extreme trauma. She eventually curled into a ball and grew quiet, tears still pouring down her face. But I could sense only a disembodied version of myself hovering somewhere behind me and to my left, outside my window. ‘Who are those people?’ I could hear it asking. ‘What’s that awful thing going on inside that car?’”
These are the words of Mother Jones writer Mac McClelland, describing her experience riding in a car with a Haitian rape survivor when the car passed by the victim’s rapist, causing the victim to come unhinged.
But if Mac McClelland was indeed having an out-of-body experience, it wasn’t so out-of-body that she wasn’t able to liveblog it on Twitter, using the victim’s real name. Read the rest of this entry →