We Believe You by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

We Believe You

We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out, is a collection of first-person narratives of sexual assault, survivorship, and activism. This is a difficult but essential book to read. As a reader and practitioner in the field I found myself wanting to reach into the page to offer support and consolation to the writers sharing their stories, to change what happened to them and to improve their experiences with campus administrators and law enforcement. The collection did a good job of capturing the breadth and variety of survivors’ experiences while identifying common themes and concerns. I found this book to be gripping and re-centering in a way — a reminder of what the world looks like through the eyes of someone who has experienced sexual violence and a reminder of the importance of simply believing someone who says that have been assaulted. This belief, the authors write, is an act of “radical everyday activism.”

Availability:  COSMOS
Review Submitted by: Michael Dunn
Rating: Must Read

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