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After Silence: Rape & My Journey Back Paperback – August 3, 1999
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Raine helps her readers understand the severe and often lifelong psychological consequences of being victimized, the ambivalent reactions of other people to rape survivors, and the personal anguish in recovering from being raped. Raine elucidates her feelings of helplessness and terror during the rape, her treatment by the legal and medical system, other people's reactions to her rape, and her social and emotional isolation after the rape. She leads us through her coming to terms with the rape, with the new person she feels she becomes, with other people's reactions, and with her post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Through Raine's words, we watch a severely traumatized woman learn to regain control of her life and learn to trust and love again.
Raine's book raises many important questions: Why the shame of being a victim of rape? Why is the victim blamed? Why do some people still think that rape is "assault with a friendly weapon?" Why people's ambivalent reactions to rape? Why the silence?
Raine decided to end the silence about rape by bravely sharing her story with the world. Why should she be ashamed? She is the victim; she did nothing wrong. She purposely and insistently breaks the taboos about rape to try to pave the path for rape victims to speak out about this abominable and prevalent crime.
There were an estimated 9 million women raped in the United States alone between 1972 and 1991.Read more ›
This books tells you a story of a woman whose right to her body is taken away, and the horrible aftermath it leaves. But it also leaves you feeling connected through similiar experiences, and educates you about common misconceptions and falsities in rape statistics and information. Reading this book helped me feel less alone, and also gave me information to empower me to try to go out and help fight the terror that is violence and rape against women, or anyone for that matter.
Rape survivors and non-rape survivors alike should read this book. It's gripping, heartwrenching, and will certainly open your eyes, as well as your heart. You're definitely not the same after having read this book. Incredible.
During speaking engagements I encourage others to read "After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back". It serves as a useful tool for others and for victims to learn about and understand the process that women go through as they recover from rape. The most horrible aspect of being a rape victim is that you do not understand the what or why of what is happening as you struggle to recover. I believe that the education of others on that process will help victims, families, friends, and those in the work place deal with this very difficult issue and make the recovery process for the victim less painful. "After Silence ... does that and more.
I admire Ms. Raine for her courage and determination to make a difference. To say "Thank You" is not enough for her contribution to our communities in writning this book. It should be required reading in every high school.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A few thoughts after reading this book and "Lucky", both written by women who felt in peril of their lives during the attack, raped by complete strangers, thus not knowing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by calvinnme
The author's reactions to her trauma made me feel more 'normal' with my reactions to my own trauma of a similar experience.. A good read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cali Girl in NYC
Powerful read regarding healing. Many resources were used in her writing all which were helpful. It gave a unique insight into healing paths of a rape survivor.Published 3 months ago by yvonne c pollien
This is an invaluable book for anyone who has been raped or knows someone who has been - which is an enormous number of people. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Zonda J Mercer
Hard to write a review on such a sensitive subject. The book is very real. I could relate to the story and made me feel like a kindred spirit with the author.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an amazing story, and a chilling one at that. I cannot imagine being raped. It's a woman's biggest fear.Published 13 months ago by Karyn Driggers
I have no words. A profound work. A brave journey. She teaches us what it's like. We live it with her.Published 19 months ago by Mary
Having lived through the hell of being a victim, I know what being a survivor is all about. Anyone who is suffering, in silence or out loud, needs to have this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Katherine'sBirds