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For Kelly (Angela Jaymes, who plays all the characters in this one-woman show), sex with one man she meets on the dating app Kindling makes her feel like “a dog being trained for a choreographed routine”; another she has sex with “should’ve practiced” putting on a condom beforehand.
— Lily Janiak “Suddenly Split & Swiping Over”: 8 p.m.
She has not talked publicly about the earlier incidents.
And while it's the practice of The Oregonian to not name victims of alleged sexual assault, Tracy insisted she be identified here.
For years, she's been hung up on that three-word hook -- "a bad choice" -- as if violating her body was like knocking on the wrong door in the right neighborhood. She'd told investigators the men stood around, watching it happen and cheering the others on. "I get sick of reading articles about how great a guy the coach is." That coach is Mike Riley. Tracy's report to police and the ensuing investigation led newscasts, raised questions and divided public sentiment when it occurred 16 years ago.
At one point, she said she begged one of the men to make it stop. She has never before been identified as the victim and has never before talked publicly about it. • • • Brenda Tracy worked in Keizer as a waitress at Bray's Family Restaurant in 1998.
“Suddenly Split & Swiping Over,” Tracy Held Potter’s new play about dating in the age of dating apps, takes a frank look at breakup despair, female sexuality and the special loneliness that only social media can inspire.
(Sample line: “I continue hiding from my own problems by reading random articles on Facebook.”) It’s also hilarious.
All these years later, it sends her hurtling back to the rape examination at Salem Hospital, the police interview, having to tell her boyfriend and mother, and the whispers, guilt and shame.
And I was struck that nobody in the passing parade of briefcases, lattes and workday stares appeared to notice the 40-year-old as she adjusted her ponytail, wiped the tears and unloaded a story that she's carried like a bag of bricks for years.
"I'd decided I was going to kill myself," she said.
DNA samples were taken, hair and fibers were collected and clothing was gathered up. They were picking me up and tossing me around the whole apartment." Tracy's toxicology report the following day came back negative for drugs.
"I remember not being able to move my arms and legs," Tracy said. The suspects told police Tracy vomited in the restroom, asked to be left alone and said "No," at different points of what she described as a seven-hour ordeal.