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Posted by Sadie from ? ( on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 4:42PM :

In Reply to: for women "This Day Shall Not Define My posted by Sadie from ? ( on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 4:29PM :

: I drank enormously: quantities of alcohol, which had no discernable effect, except to calm me a little. I couldn't sleep at all without pills (and even then I woke at the slightest noise--I would say, "If an ant coughs, it wakes me.") I didn't like taking pills because I was scared to go to sleep.

xxx One doesn't have to be previously attacked to feel nervous about sleeping in the city. Hearing this woman's story & knowing that these things happen A LOT in the States, too, is enough to make any woman nervous. & it's not just men of a certain race who attack women in their homes - any strange man can turn into a weirdo, & the amount of physical abuse the average husband dishes out to his wife in this country is shockingly high. I was lucky that there was none of that in my parents' household. Anyway, for a long time after I moved here, I had a hard time going to sleep, too, with that rapist on the prowl. A glass of wine was necessary to make me relax (& I keep my alcohol tolerance low so that that's all it takes). A glass of red wine is better for one's health than any sleeping pill. The only place I *ever* feel completely comfortable sleeping is my parents' house out in the country, where 3 large dogs are constantly guarding their home. My babies could rip any stranger to shreds. : )

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