Tonight, I sit in vigil. On this night, so many years ago, something happened that forever altered the course of two lives.
I will not sleep tonight. I can't. I haven't slept on this night for over twenty-five years. I can't sleep, because when I do, I see it happening again. And I am powerless to stop it. In the days and weeks leading up to this night, the nightmares build. I am tortured by them, haunted by actions I cannot prevent. On this night, they reach their peak, and I am at my breaking point.
"They", those who advocate for the registry, say that it is a just "punishment" and compensation for the suffering of the victim.
I say to you that no punishment, no time in prison, no threats can equal the torture I put myself through each and every year.