On Sexual Assault and Invisibility

Drew, Joshua Adam

This past week I had the good fortune to read an advanced copy of a powerful book Fault Line by my good friend Christa Desir. Fault line tells a story about a young woman who was raped and how that act of violence shatters her and how that shattering reverberates among the people who care about her. I’m not going to give the whole story away now (it goes on sale on October 15th (you can purchase it here), however I want to say two things about it. First this book really shook me. I want you all to get it because this is the kind of book that makes you want to talk to people you love after reading it. It is a difficult book to read, but then again many important things are often difficult. The second aspect of the book that struck me was that the woman who was raped went into a spiral of self-destructive behavior because she wanted to be able to feel something, even if that something was negative. She did not seek help because of multiple reasons and that ultimately lead to some difficult situations. Seeking help is important and we should be working as a society to lower barriers for victims of sexual assault to get that help.


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October 8, 2014