Johnathon’s Story

Looking For The Light

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“I’ve been told my entire life that it was impossible for this kind of thing to happen to me.”

Johnathon Cassidy was sexually assaulted by a stranger he met while at a local bar. The perpetrator put adate-rape drugin Johnathon’s drink, sexually assaulted him in a car, stole his personal belongings, and left him unconscious at a bus stop.

“When I was raped I was 6’4” and 220 lbs. I truly believed that I could go anywhere I wanted and no one would bother me—I’m part Samoan, I’m hefty, I wear cowboy boots that make me even taller—I was the defender. Everyone always said ‘Go with Johnny, you’ll be safe with him.’ I’ve been told my entire life that it was impossible for this kind of thing to happen to me.”

A week after the assault, Johnathontoldhis best friend at the time what had happened…

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