I met my high school sweetheart shortly after I was raped by a fellow student. At the time, I was also living with an abusive father. He wasn't too harsh with me, but watching him hurt my mother was painful for me. And by then, my feelings towards men were all negative. I had assumed that that's just how men are. Abusive and mean towards their women. I was bound and determined from then on that I was going to remain single and become a truck driver. Just travel the country by myself and not let any spousal figure get to me. When I met Rick, and he showed interest, I was terrified, but he was so kind to me, and I told him how I felt. I could see that he felt badly, and he wanted to change those feelings within me. It took a while for me to trust him enough, but eventually, he taught me that not all men are evil. And that making love can be beautiful and enjoyable and that there is nothing to fear as long as I am with the right person who loves me. I will n ever forget that.