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Rape in ChengduXiao Kim was very late coming back from the Young Womens Club In Chengdu in 1957 deep in the heart of aChina that was becoming more industrial than rural it was still safe to walk the streets at any hour and so thefourteen-year-old felt little fear as she wandered along the sidewalk Of course Xiao Kim should have felt at least alittle fear After all curfew had been thirty minutes before and even in safe Chengdu there were strict regulationsabout not being out after curfew unless you were on the Peoples businessBut Xiao Kim did have a good excuse - and one that could be easily verified - and so she wasnt too worried Shethought to herself If I am stopped Ill simply explain about the Young Womens Club meeting running overtimebecause we had so many items on the agenda Any Public Safety people who stop me will understand thatXiao Kim was a good little Communist She held Mao in great reverence and esteem and believed in the Revolutionwith all her heart Xiao Kim believed that as long as her own intentions were good she would never have to fear anyShe passed by Peoples Paint Factory Number Thirty-Seven on Mang-lu Street and turned left as she always didShe expected the street to be quite empty and it was She was halfway down the block passing by an emptycondemned tenement house when she heard the cars engine behind her Cars were rare in Chengdu - and Xiao Kimpaused turning to peer at the oncoming headlights squintingThe car simply rolled up - a Russian-made vehicle noisy and smelly and inefficient - and halted at the curb by XiaoKim The engine and headlights died at the same instant and three men emerged letting the car doors remain gapingopen behind them They all wore military clothing - and the red-and-white armbands that marked them as PublicSafety officials Xiao Kim little fool that she was smiled shyly as
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