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A Survivor Confronts Her Attacker With Humanity

Erica Dudrow
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 a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.