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Crash Into Me: A Survivor's Search for Justice

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  722 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
In September 2005, Liz Seccuro's world turned upside down when she received an apology letter from the man who had raped her twenty-two years earlier. The rape, which occurred when she was a seventeen-year-old freshman at the University of Virginia, was reported to the campus police, but their inquiry led nowhere. The man accused of raping her left the university soon ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA (first published September 22nd 2009)
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Jun 25, 2016 Mariah rated it liked it
I learned so much from this book. It was heart gripping and eye-opening all in one! It shares the story of a women that was raped and her struggle to find inner peace.

It was a good read!
I picked this book up without knowing anything about its author, Liz Seccuro, or her story. The idea of a woman choosing to prosecute her rapist 20 years later seemed very empowering and I bought it without a second thought. I had hoped to find a thoughtful exploration of this decision.

I might be an asshole for this, but...well, this book is kind of a slapdash effort. My main criticism is that once Seccuro decides to bring charges against her rapist after he contacts her again, the meat of the
Jennifer Rayment
Apr 28, 2011 Jennifer Rayment rated it it was amazing
The Good Stuff

* Brutally honest and powerful
* Books like this one help give power back to those victims that have had their power forcefully taken from them
* Refreshing to hear of helpful police officers dealing with rape victims/survivors
* Admire the authors strength of character
* Absolutely disgusted by the lack of support from the University and its archaic need to protect its reputation (Makes me wonder what Humber & Guelph-Humber would do in a similar situation)
* Also truly disgus
Samantha Gutierrez
Apr 24, 2011 Samantha Gutierrez rated it liked it
Review Title: Liz...Inseccuro?

First of all, this author has a writing style that makes her story impossible to put down. Engaging, engaging, provoking. The flow is incredible, sort of like "A Million Little Pieces" written by someone with a degree in English...but unfortunately, with the same amount of B__S__t.

I must confess, it is thrilling to write this review because I am 100% certain the author will have read it by the end of April. It is not possible for me to separate my review of her work
Jillian Thomas
Oct 24, 2016 Jillian Thomas rated it liked it
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Mary Beth
Feb 01, 2011 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
Thank-you, Goodreads, for sending me an advanced copy of Crash Into Me. I received the book yesterday and couldn't put it down. Ms. Seccuro tells her personal compelling story with equal parts of horror and compassion. The basic story was one in which a man working his AA 12-step program, wrote a letter to a woman he had raped at a fraternity party 22 years prior, trying to make amends.
The horror of what she had gone through came crashing back as fresh as if it had happened yesterday. Since Vir
Alisha Marie
Mar 19, 2014 Alisha Marie rated it liked it
More often than not, I tend to feel like crap when I rate a memoir 3 stars or less especially when it's on a story that's incredibly powerful and courageous. I think it took a lot of bravery for Securro to go after her rapist especially when so much time had passed, therefore sort of expecting that the chance of conviction was going to be slim due to lack of evidence. However, my 3 star rating has absolutely nothing to do with Securro's actual plight or whether or not she should have let bygones ...more
Goodreads Description- In September 2005, Liz Seccuro's world turned upside down when she received an apology letter from the man who had raped her twenty-two years earlier. The rape, which occurred when she was a seventeen-year-old freshman at the University of Virginia, was reported to the campus police, but their inquiry led nowhere. The man accused of raping her left the university soon after, and Seccuro tried to put the incident behind her, starting a business and a family, but like all ...more
Lynn Tolson
Mar 09, 2011 Lynn Tolson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, sexual-abuse
Review of Crash Into Me: A Survivor’s Search for Justice, by Liz Seccuro

Liz Seccuro spent years building her world anew after it had been destroyed by rape when she was seventeen. The strong foundation of her carefully structured life was weakened when the rapist, William Beebe, dared to contact her twenty-two years after the assault. Ms. Seccuro wrote Crash Into Me as a concise narrative that documents the complex true story of surviving after rape, and seeking the justice victims deserve.

Ms. S
Lara Fritz
Feb 12, 2011 Lara Fritz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: McMinnville Public Library
Recommended to Lara by: Goodreads Giveaway
I received an advance copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway (which was very exciting! Thanks, Goodreads)

The first chapter read easily but then I found myself distanced through the next couple of chapters. I was skeptical because of the author's obviously privileged life and what sounded like yet another outdated, stereotyped, and under-informed depiction of Greek life from the early 80's.

Luckily I kept reading because I came to recognize that I was judging the author - the victim - like so
May 06, 2012 Mallory rated it it was ok
There's a really good story in here, somewhere, and Liz Seccuro is a good writer. Unfortunately, however, while this memoir is well-penned and raises some interesting issues, it feels like there are long sections of filler. Quite simply, I'm not sure Seccuro had enough information to write an entire book; she may have done better to write a magazine article (or better, a series of articles, as she has more material than an article may have allowed for). Her story is powerful, and her quest for ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly strong survivor

This is a very well written book, extremely detailed. My heart goes out to all rape survivors - I cannot imagine what they go through on a daily basis, having to fight so hard to receive any sense of justice, and having to settle for not much.
May 13, 2016 Dorilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Effects of sexual assault

This book provides need information about the effects of sexual assault & the justice system. I give the author credit for diving deep into the topic & giving it the respect it deserves.
Debbie McKinney
Nov 07, 2016 Debbie McKinney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written

I couldn't put this book down!
My heart cried for Liz.
I pray this book will help others of sexual assault to heal.
A First Reads win that I was really excited about; I read a short article in Marie Claire or Glamour about Seccuro and her forthcoming book and was instantly curious.

Seccuro was raped at a fraternity party in 1984. 22 years later, she receives a letter in the mail from her rapist apologizing to her. Will Beebe, her rapist, is a member of Alcoholics and Anonymous and got to the step about righting past wrongs. Not only is this just flat-out creepy, but Seccuro begins a brief email correspondence
May 10, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it
This book could have people arguing for years. Liz Seccuro, cute little 17 year old University of Virginia student was drugged and gang raped at a fraternity party. She was discouraged at all levels from having her rapist prosecuted and even told by the dean of students that the police had no jurisdiction over the fraternity house where the crime occurred. After 21 years of therapy and finally establishing herself as an event planner and well to do wife and mother, one of the rapists, William ...more
Kristen Dunder
May 21, 2015 Kristen Dunder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I happen to finish this book on a day when over 260 Boko Haram survivors are rescued, when news is released that Christian reality star and anti-gay activist, Josh Duggar, once molested his own sisters, and a new study has been released that sexual assault on college campuses has reached "epidemic" levels. Which leads me to think--when will women's lives matter? And perhaps more specifically, when will women's physical and sexual well beings matter?

LIz Seccuro was a college freshman at the
Jul 24, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this book down yesterday once I started reading it. It's repugnant, it's offensive, and it's very sad. This book is you, holding the hand of Liz Seccuro, as she walks you through her nightmare. The author is a living urban legend. She has met the bogeyman, and he's worse than anything that ever lived under your bed.

Ms. Seccuro does a solid job of walking the reader through the events that led up to the rape, to the rape itself, and her life in the aftermath of such a horrific expe
Jan 22, 2016 Ellen rated it really liked it
When she was 17 years old Liz Seccuro was a freshman at the University of Virginia when she was sexually assaulted at a campus fraternity house. Although she went to the University's clinic emergency room she was told that they were unable to run the tests she would need and that it would be better for her to take herself to a city hospital. Instead Liz went to the student health clinic the following day where she was treated for injuries sustained during the attack. Liz took her complaints to ...more
May 31, 2016 Karolína rated it liked it
Understandably, there are not that many books indulging into personal accounts of rape. The events are traumatizing enough for the victim so who, in their right mind, would want strangers to read about such an invasion of personal space and privacy.

Yet Liz did. After twenty something years after becoming a victim of rape on campus of her university, she is contacted by her attacker who claims he want to apologize for what he did to her. Interesting twist from the beginning is that while Liz has
Erin Dutro
Jun 20, 2011 Erin Dutro rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially college students
Recommended to Erin by: received in goodreads giveaway
I received an Advance Reading copy of this book from a giveaway...thanks, goodreads!

This is a book that is not easy to read, by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a book that NEEDS to be read, especially by women. Further, I think it should be required reading for all college freshmen as part of their student orientation. I started and finished this book in one day, not because the story is action-packed, but because it's compelling. The stark and spare tone of the narrative
Feb 01, 2011 Sequoia rated it really liked it
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Apr 18, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book! I just received it tonight and I have already finished it. From the very first page I was drawn into Liz's story and I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. This is a memoir about a rape that occurred in 1984. She goes into graphic detail throughout the book, which drives the whole story home for the reader. She uses court documents as well scattered throughout the second half of the book which I loved because it brought reality to the book.

I honestly could not
Steff El Madawi
Jun 21, 2013 Steff El Madawi rated it it was amazing
This book provided me with a platform around which to begin my dissertation, and for that I am forever in Liz Seccuro's debt.
Of course it is important that it addresses the issues of collegiate rape, victim blaming, and institutional cover-up to name but a few, but what was more interesting to me at least was the concept of forgiveness - or indeed the possibility of such a concept at all.
It is unfair to solicit forgiveness, even less excusable to expect it, with that said I am not entirely sur
Feb 10, 2011 Nolagrrrl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at the library after seeing it on the 'New Books' shelf. I flipped it open and immediately knew I wanted to read it, I remembered the crime being in the news a few years ago. It is the story of the AAer that sent an 'I'm sorry I harmed you' letter to his rape victim of 21 years prior. Except this is her story not his. He was portrayed in the media as trying to set things right. But the only thing he was trying to set right was his guilty conscience. From the book, AA's 9th step ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I was captivated by this book and read it in less than 12 hours. Liz Seccuro's story highlights society's view on rape and the tendency to blame victims rather than perpetrators. I think more detail and discussion could have been provided in the book about this culture of victim blaming, but I still think this book is worthy of 5 stars.

Some reviewers have mentioned that Liz Seccuro's story would have sufficed just as a magazine article, and these reviewers use the chapters of court transcripts
Aug 26, 2013 Blair rated it really liked it
I was at UVa the same time as Liz, and I was compelled to read the novel. I am so glad I did; her story is very important, and I discussed the topic with both of my children who are young adults (one is out of college, the other is a current college student) to process her experience. I actually didn't like her writing style or how she told her story at all (just a personal preference), but I respect her for telling the story, and I hope she has found some peace in telling it. I am a college ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
Two decades after she was brutally raped, the author received a letter of apology from her attacker, seeking to make amends for harm as part of his AA program. Unsurprisingly, this turned the author's life upside down. After a brief correspondence with her rapist revealed that he'd rewritten the crime in his mind as a gentler, almost romantic encounter gone wrong, the author sought the justice she'd been unable to receive years before. This book is the chronicle of the long, frustrating journey ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Shawna rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I read this book in less than 24 hours. It was quite consuming.

In the first chapter I didn't have a lot of sympathy for Ms. Seccuro as she described her privileged lifestyle. I thought, here we go, another pretty, popular sorority girl who married rich and had everything handed to her on a silver platter. However, she quickly won me over with her guts and fortitude.

The author never suggested that she might have been given a date rape on the night of her assault, but the symptoms she described s
Aug 29, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
As a college freshman, Liz was invited to a frat party, given a suspect drink, and then raped. When she tried to report it to her university, she was discouraged from calling the police and pressing charges. Her rapist left the university a few days after the incident which caused Liz lasting psychological trauma.

Fast forward 20 year later. Liz is a successful party planner and happily married with a two year old daughter. Her rapist decides to send her an apology letter which sends her life int
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"Crash Into Me" is Liz Seccuro’s first book. Liz is a victim’s rights advocate and spends time lobbying for important legislation to help support sexual assault victims in the United States. Seccuro also founded STARS - Sisters Together Assisting Rape Survivors - ( to help fund programs assisting rape victims and their families who are seeking justice and looking to heal the ...more
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