This story details the stories of Verniece, TaRonne, and LaShayna who along with four other women were branded as the “lesbian wolfpack” or “killer lesbians” who protected themselves after being verbally and physically attacked by a man in New York. The power of words, who has them and who doesn’t, is explored. The attack left these women without words and unable to use their words because both the man and the judge who sentenced them to prison left them powerless. The ability to express oneself and have others listen and respect those words is a power that these women were stripped of. On pg. 10, TaRonne says, “Those words meant the chance to be a person, in my own language, for real.” If she is unable to use her words, then she is unable to be a person. This moment not only stripped her of her voice, but of her personhood as well. They talk about how the difference between animals and humans is the ability to speak. When the man called her an “elephant” and therefore reducing her to an animal he inhibited her from speaking and expressing herself as well. He dehumanized these women by referring to them as animals. The judge said that “words don’t justify hurting a human being” (16) which completely disregarded the dehumanizing, traumatic experience these women went through. LaShayna argues that when someone is treating you inhumanely it is hard to “think human, to be human, when someone is threatening to knock, force, fuck the you out of you” (16). This story was a tragic and powerful example of how women’s experiences, particularly women of color, are often minimized. Here, by the assaulter, the judge, and the media that portrayed them negatively. Though this story saddened me, what impacted me even more deeply was that this mistreatment of women isn’t uncommon.