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A Survivor Confronts Her Attacker With Humanity

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Erica Dudrow
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Erica Dudrow on the Camino de Santiago in 2014.

This story originally aired on March 31, 2018.

Note: This story deals with sexual assault and may not be appropriate for some listeners and readers. 

Erica Dudrow lives in Bellingham, and she says she was never much of a party person. But in 2014 she was dating a guy who liked to hit the bars, and she did her best to keep up. 

One Friday evening they were getting ready to go out, having drinks and indulging in a bit of the rave drug, “Molly.” She hadn’t realized just how intoxicated she was until, on her way to the bar, she began to black out. 

She remembers a few flashes of the evening -- glimpsing a friend of a friend … being asked to pay her tab. 

The next thing she knew, she was struggling to regain consciousness, realizing groggily that at that very moment, she was in a strange apartment with a strange man, being violated. 

Erica Dudrow shared her story of coming to terms with this assault, and how she turned the tables on her assailant in an unexpected way. 

Gabriel Spitzer is the Host and Senior Producer of Sound Effect, KNKX's "weekly tour of ideas inspired by the place we live." Gabriel was previously KNKX's Science and Health Reporter. He joined KNKX after years covering science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago. There, he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Having also lived in Alaska and California, Gabriel feels he’s been closing in on Seattle for some time, and has finally landed on the bullseye.