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I wrote Bait Girl a few years ago, with a different plan for how this story would be sent out into the world. I attended a private school in Montgomery County, Maryland, a fact I have always been proud of, but that wasn't particularly interesting to those outside the DC surrounding areas, until just recently, when the specific elite culture of those private schools became really newsworthy.
This was the story I needed to tell myself right now.
This story contains descriptions of drunken teen partying, and references to off page assault. It also contains a reference to an off page death due to depression.
Please take care of yourself. I hope this story leaves you feeling empowered but if it triggers you please stop. I can recommend stories with puppies for you instead.
If you need help, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), is available in the US by phone - 800.656.HOPE (4673) and online at online.rainn.org.
The suicide prevention lifeline is available in the US by phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and they have chat available at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
All proceeds from this story will go to RAINN.