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I regret not having the courage then, so I am speaking out now.
tw: sexual assault
Spurred by this post by almond cookie I began to wonder about an incident that happened to me as a teenager at the hands of a piercer named “Iguana Mike”. He did not have the implants or transdermals shown in the photo at the time.
I was 16. I really wanted piercings, but was waiting until I turned 18 to get them done legally at a reputable shop. I came into his shop out of curiosity (I lived within walking distance) and we started talking. Iguana Mike talked some talk, said he had been piercing for 11 years and used the freehand technique, etc…sounded basically knowledgeable to me. He said just for me, because he liked my passion for body mod and I was so intelligent, he trusted me and would be willing to give me a piercing “where my parents couldn’t see” so I wouldn’t get in trouble. I really thought he was making an exception for me and wanted to help and I was excited for the opportunity. I was thinking my navel, but he had other ideas. After that it went all downhill. He kept trying to get me to take off my pants so he could “check out my anatomy”. I didn’t want to, but I let it happen anyway…it was horrible. I was in shock and awkwardly just kind of closed up and made it stop and suggested we just pierce my nipples. He was inappropriate during the marking, and yet I still just let it all happen and went through with the piercing. He pushed the needles through extremely slowly, freehand, and encouraged me to “make sounds”.
The piercings were totally messed up in every way possible.
After the procedure while I was resting, he tried to chat me up with some impressive body mod talk, claiming he was the one who split The Lizardman’s tongue. Having read everything I could find to read on BME at that time, I knew who actually split Lizardman’s tongue and suddenly became acutely aware of how big of a fool I had just been taken for. Thats when it started to sink in that I was SO stupid and just let some complete sexual predator/piercing hack butcher my nipples and molest me for kicks. I have beat myself up over it for 9 years now and never told anyone until today. I never wanted anyone to know how dumb I was to let that happen to me when I KNEW BETTER. I didn’t have the courage to speak up, I was ashamed and embarrassed.
Guess what came up when I searched for him?
THIS article entitled “Man Arrested For Assaulting Underage Girls” from 2007, 2 years after what happened to me.
And a comment on THIS modblog post about him contains a copy/pasted an article from the Gazette that is no longer online, as follows:
“Man jailed in possible sex assaults on teens-
Body piercings in exchange for sex. That’s the deal Colorado Springs police say a 35-year-old man working at a piercing shop offered to teenage girls as young as 14. Reports of sexual assaults on at least two underage girls led to the arrest Thursday of Michael Miller of Denver after a two-year investigation. “We are assuming there are a whole lot more victims out there,” said detective Clay Blackwell of the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. Police are seeking other possible victims or parents who suspect their child received an illegal piercing from Miller, who has a large raised star on his forehead. Blackwell said Miller worked at Eternal 7s Tattoo and Piercing, a shop formerly at 5927 N. Academy Blvd., where he was known as “Iguana Mike.” According to the arrest affidavit, the investigation began in April 2005 when a student reported a sexual assault to to a Doherty High School police resource officer. The student said Miller told teenage girls, some 14 and 15 years old, that they could get their piercings free and without parental consent if they had sex with him. She said an underage friend at Lewis Palmer High School told her she had “messed around with Mike” for piercings. Another girl said she was 15 when she met Miller through MySpace.com. He used the screen name “iguanamike2” in instant-message conversations, police said. She told police he picked her up from a group meeting at New Life Church and drove her to the shop. She told police she refused his request that she perform oral sex on him. She said he forced her to have anal sex for 30 minutes, then acted as though “nothing had happened” and “calmly” pierced her tongue.
The warrant states the shop closed in October 2005. The owner was not charged, Blackwell said. “He didn’t know anything about it,” Blackwell said. “It wasn’t related to the shop, but he (Miller) was sneaking them in after hours.” Blackwell said the case took two years because of a lack of reliable information about Miller, who moved to the Denver area. “Initially, there wasn’t enough to be able to identify him — all we had was ‘Mike.’ We couldn’t proceed,” he said. Blackwell said a recent girl’s account was “more astute,” and a warrant was issued on April 20 for Miller. Miller is in El Paso County jail on felony charges of suspicion of inducement of child prostitution, sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact. Bail was set at $25,000.”
I wasn’t the only one. Not much surprise there, but I feel sick. I don’t know if these girls were assaulted before or after me…but if I hate thinking that perhaps if I had spoken up, I could have spared them.
PLEASE SPEAK UP if something happens to you. You could save others from having to go through it.
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