The woman's voice on the phone said, "I saw that story about that 5-year-old girl who was raped. It just broke my heart."
She was referring to a story Sunday by Loretta Park about an 18-year-old woman who was raped when she was five.
When the woman turned 18, the man who raped her sent her a text message. Fearing the guy was coming back at her, she went to the cops. Jason Thomas Hong was arrested, charged and, last week, sentenced to two terms of 0-to-five in prison.
It would be nice to think Hong's victim can now let it go. My caller is not so sure. She is 70, and her voice quivered as she talked, but not from age.
"That was me," she said. "That happened to me.
"When I was 5, my brother raped me. It went on for several years. I tried to get it to stop. I did everything I could. When I was 7, I finally took a gun to him and he stopped.
"When I was 19 he started again. I was married, just had a baby six months before. He tried to rape me, and I told my parents and they said, 'You have to tell your husband.'
"I did, but we said, 'We can't do anything about it, we can't tell anyone.'
"The next day my husband went to work, and at 11 o'clock I got a phone call that my husband died. The doctors did an autopsy and his heart was twice the size of a normal heart.
"We knew he had heart trouble, but he'd been OK and the doctor asked, 'Did he have any stress?' "
"I was 19 and he was 25, and I've lived with the shame and guilt ever since. I know it was not my fault, but I still have the shame.
"I'm the victim. All these people, young boys and girls, they are the victims, and they're ashamed, and you carry that all your life and because of that, my 25-year-old husband died."
Unlike the woman in Loretta's story, this woman's rapist, her brother, has never paid. He lives in California.
She never got over what happened. She raised her son by herself and never remarried.
"The point I wanted to make is, you don't ever stop feeling shame, and your heart hurts," she said.
That pain is why she called. "If I can reach just one, save just one little child from going through what I went through ... because those 5-year-old girls, they don't know nothing but tea parties and Disney."
Too many little girls and women know more.
Sexual abuse is a plague. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network says 7 percent of girls in grades 5-8 and 12 percent of girls in grades 9-12 have been sexually abused. For boys, the numbers are 3 percent in grades 5-8 and 5 percent in grades 9-12 have been sexually abused.
One out of six American women has been the victim of a rape, either attempted or completed.
Sexual abuse causes emotional trauma, PTSD, depression and thoughts of suicide.
PTSD alone is a lifetime physical change in your body. It is why, when you see a story about a tragedy like yours, it brings your own rushing back, even after 50 years.
So, "If you ever have a child tell you this is happening, take that child straight to the police department, straight to the hospital. Let the authorities come in. Don't do the investigation yourself," my caller said.
"This is the plea I make to people. Protect your child."