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While Congress is even now arguing about reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act because of protections added for gays, lesbians, and immigrant women, a Nebraska woman endured horrific torture and attempted murder in her own home. The word “dyke” was carved into her flesh, among other words which have not yet been released. It is unknown how long her attackers confined and tortured her before setting fire to her home. Neighbors describe her as incredibly kind-the type of person who would mow other people’s lawns just to help out.
After the attack, the woman made her way to the home of a neighbor, Linda Rappl, who said she feared bad news about her husband, who is in hospice, when she heard someone knocking on her door before dawn Sunday.
What she saw instead was her 33-year-old neighbor, she said, naked and bleeding.
“I was in shock,” Rappl said. “She was…
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