This letter does not get me to my heart’s desire, like Captain Jack Sparrow’s compass. But, it is the least I can do. It is all I can do.
I’m not a sailor. I’m not a pirate.
I’m a writer.
Tonight, almost two months after being assaulted, I sent this letter.
Late Thanksgiving night, I was assaulted by my then boyfriend in his home at ____ St. Andrews Drive in Midway.
I was able to leave and drove myself to my home in Park City.
I called the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Because it happened in your county, they transferred me to your office.
Officer ___________ answered. I introduced myself and explained, “I’m Julie Hooker. Brian Hoyt just assaulted me.”
Officer _____________ said, “I’ve dealt with you before.”
I explained that I am a school teacher and have never had dealings with the police.
He argued saying, “I’ve dealt with you and Brian at Stillwater.”
I protested because he was wrong.
Then, he complained, “How am I supposed to investigate this if you’re in Summit County?”
I didn’t have any answers because I’d never experienced this.
He told me he was sending a deputy from Summit County to my home.
While I waited, I called The Peace House. Unfortunately, I spoke with a new counselor.
She asked, “Did you leave any marks?”I told her, “I bit him.”
He was on top of me telling me, “I’m going to choke you out.” I bit him.
She told me, “If you left a mark, he can spin it and they can arrest you.”
By the time Officer _____________ (from Summit County) showed up, I was terrified. The Summit County Officer was compassionate, listened, took pictures, and asked if I wanted to press charges. He was kind. I could tell by his eyes and his voice, he’d seen this before.
But, after speaking to your Deputy ____________, in your office, I was terrified.
The next day, I went to InstaCare where the doctor gave me a letter to stay home for a week from school. The x-ray technician, when I cried and shook, told me she’d experienced it and hadn’t pressed charges.
Many told me to press charges. I didn’t because I was scared.
With hindsight, I realize that the bite marks I left were obviously in self defense. I don’t go around biting people on the shoulder.
Now, two months later, I still shake. I’m afraid. I cry. My wrist still hurts.
But, I realize that if a respected teacher with a M.Ed and former planning commissioner cannot navigate your system, who can?
I am asking that you re-visit the incident with your Officer and let him know that he made me too afraid to do anything but live with it.
In addition, I am going to share this with Summit County and the Peace House. I will also offer my services. I don’t want anyone else to experience this. In fact, I copied them on this letter.
Sheriff Martinez, again, thank you for the grace and professionalism your office offered me. Thank you for the extra coverage in my neighborhood.
Jane, I know it was her first night. She didn’t know what to tell me.
Please know that I’ll do anything to keep this from happening to someone else.