Jeopardy [ˈdʒɛpədɪ]: the danger that an accused person is subjected to when on trial for a criminal offense

Jeopardy! : an American television game show featuring a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in question form.

Alex, I’ll take freaking nightmares for 100:

The answer to your question is one I do not expect you to understand. I will tell you, I will explain a bit, but don’t ever expect to understand.

When a woman is traumatized, there is little that can be done after any physical intervention other than therapy and mental health support. I know this for many reasons, not the least of which is that one of my closest friends is an accomplished professional in this field. Therapy, talking, explaining, working it out, understanding it, etc.

You cannot give Pearlsky therapy. She has no form of communication, none. Nada. How do you counsel someone when you do not know her level of comprehension, and have no feedback? Do you just talk and potentially make her relive the incident repeatedly? No. There is nothing to do.

Now, let’s consider nothing happened and I did bring her in. That in its own right would be traumatic. It is invasive, foreign and scary. It is traumatic for someone who can deal with it, let alone someone who cannot. And, if nothing happened, you have just traumatized her.

Now let’s consider something did happen and I did bring her in. It would be invasive, foreign and scary AGAIN. It is traumatic for someone who can deal with it, let alone someone who cannot. And if something did happen, you have just traumatized her a second time.

For reasons I will not share, I don’t think it would have produced any additional information other than that indeed something had happened. Even if it did, that would be moot because, frankly, at this point, I don’t give a shit about “the greater good.”

No, I don’t give a shit about the greater good. I care about Pearlsky. I care about whatever mental health she has. I care about further trauma. Everything else is your problem, not mine, not hers. That is why.

Still waiting for the phone call or knock on the door to know where we stand.


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