Below is a very moving excerpt from a post at Marginal Notes:
"I used to love reading fairy tales when I was little...didn't everyone?
"Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella...
"All suffered at the hands of other women and were saved by the fairy-tale love of a man.
"How different real life is from the fairy tales...
"Most of us suffered at the hands of men. At least, I did.
"Once I lay unconscious in an emergency room, hooked up to a heart monitor. A nurse asked my mother, "Has your daughter been raped?" My mother was shocked, but answered, "Yes...but why do you think that?" The nurse told her that every time a male doctor went near me, my heartbeat changed.
"How do you undo wounds that leave you vigilant even when unconscious?"
Go read the whole thing.