“Let me be candid. My sister does not take shit. From anyone. EVER. Since she first opened her eyes to peek at the new world she entered, she has always stood up for herself and her beliefs. I am both envious and awe-struck by her ability to do this, as natural and uncontrollable for her as a big ol’ sneeze. It’s that fierceness that she uses to protect the ones she loves. Seeing the self-assurance she carries with her reminds me that I carry the same fierceness within myself. She has been teaching me how to be strong for a long time, but I don’t think she knows it.”

Survivor: Rachel Berzack (left)

Intimate partner rape, age 20 yrs.

Partner: Dayna Berzack, sister, co-survivor