I seriously doubt if any sexual abuse survivor hasn’t fantasied about what she would do to her monster if she could get away with it. Is revenge against our abusers ever justified? I struggled with this question while I was writing Thriver Sisterhood.
The first draft of the revenge centered on revenge without justice when the sisterhood arranged a kidnapping after Biff the stepfather had tried to rape Mia’s daughter. The sisterhood tattooed “rapist” on his forehead and Biff the Bad woke up on a beach in Mexico with no ID or money. Can you imagine how long he would have lasted?
I got a tremendous rush while creating this scene but also realized that what would be more powerful would for Mia and her daughter to become the heroines.
The revised scenario played out as justified revenge then justice. In this version, Mia knocked Biff cold by using a karate chop when she found him attempting to rape Mia’s daughter. Mother and daughter dragged Biff into a closet, lock the door and call the police. This version found Biff sentenced for his crime.
Would you support this second scenario?