I am devastated today. I just learnt of the passing of a kind of personal heroine of mine a couple of hours ago. Most likely, you will have never heard of her nor know her story. She was a heroine for me as the seemed to embody the concept of post-traumatic growth in a "textbook" sort of way: Once the leading psychologist in a German supermax penitentiary where she had been working with the worst criminals this species breeds for many years and had 20 subjects enrolled in her ongoing rehabilitation program that she had devised, she was taken hostage and raped at knifepoint by one of her "clients" on April 7th 2009, ten days shy of her wedding with the man she described as the "love of her life". The perpetrator had received a life sentence following a series of sexual violence and murder. Susanne Preusker, his therapist on site (i.e. the supermax penitentiary) felt very positive about his perspective seeing as she had been working with him for more than four years and deemed him fit to get reintegrated in society.
On April 7th at 5.15 p.m. he asked for an impromptu appointment, which Mrs. Preusker agreed to. He then forced her office keys off her, locked and barricaded her office, held her hostage for seven hours and repeatedly violated her while continually threatening to take her life in a number of ways (with said knife as well as superglue he threatened to inject in her veins).
Susanne Preusker survived and built a post-trauma life the nature of which should bring every health professional in that field to a standing ovation. (she became an acclaimed writer in the aftermath of these horrific events that had her incapacitated to work in her former career, naturally! She went on to write fiction and non-fiction and seemed to have reclaimed that space that her perpetrator had violently taken away from her).
Mrs. Preusker decided to end her life on February 13th 2018. She leaves her husband and son. I am really shattered to learn these news... (and my heart truly goes out to her son and husband as well as all "fellow soujourners" of ours who have been condemned to be dealing with the gruelling outcomes of post-traumatic stress disorder.) R.I.P., Susanne. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susanne_Preusker