People have long used physical markers to remember tragedies past, from crosses and flowers at the intersection of a tragic car crash,to memorials at sites of disasters and violent crimes, to the small engraved tiles on the sidewalks of Germany commemorating those taken to concentration camps, and those whose lives were taken there.
These serve as reminders of the people lost or injured, victims or survivors of violent tragedy. They also bring us face to face with the reality that there are those who commit these violent acts. There are people capable of acts of true violence, hate, and power.
In Columbus, OH, as part of the Sexual Assault Awareness month of April this morning, the crime of rape was marked in this way.
In front of private residences, across the campus of OSU, in public places, all across town.
Someone was raped here.