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Like Hearing It From Your Best Friend: The Best Survivor Narrative Since Lucky
on January 4, 2011
The first thing you should know about Liz Seccuro is that she is a gifted writer. This is an extremely well written book. There are several books on the market today that have been written by sexual assault survivors. "Crash Into Me" stands out among them because of its precise attention to every detail, the quality of the writing that makes you feel like you are sitting down talking with your best friend, and the intensely compelling indictment of the most notorious revictimizing college administration in the nation of rape survivors - the University of Virginia. I worked in the Dean of Student's office at the University of Virginia for several years with every living member of the administration talked about in this book. Everything Liz Seccuro says about them is consistent with my experience there. It is about time someone as brave as she has come forward to tell the truth.
"Crash Into Me" is not only a substantial contribution to the scholarship on rape trauma, it is a must read for everyone who cares about other people. Sexual assault survivors will find themselves in the words of Liz Seccuro's experience. College students will learn more about the reality of campus rape and the systems that aren't always there to help them. Present and future college administrators will learn everything not to do from the way he University of Virginia mishandled most every aspect of the situation. Police officers will learn how to treat a survivor with respect from the heroic actions of the police chief who went back decades later to help right a wrong done so many year ago. Criminologists will get a look into the motivations of a deeply disturbing offender who came back to haunt a woman years after a brutally raping her. Everyone who reads this compelling book will be a better person, a more informed potential juror, and a more empathetic individual for the next rape survivor who decides to open up to them. Everyone should read this book!