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Whatever Gets You Through: Twelve Women on Life After Sexual Assault

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Personal stories of how women survive after the trauma of sexual assault.

In the era of #MeToo, we've become better at talking about sexual assault. But sexual assault isn't limited to a single, terrible moment of violence: it stays with survivors, following them wherever they go.

Through the voices of twelve diverse female writers, Whatever Gets You Through offers a
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Greystone Books
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Angela Misri
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I opened this book with hesitation, as I'm sure many women did, knowing that the stories inside would reopen wounds, remind us of times and memories we'd rather not linger in, and make us newly sad for the humans suffering through their words. Instead, I found story after story of recovery, a path each woman has taken to "get through" to the other side. No one is cured, no miracle is achieved, but by sharing the diverse routes we must carve out in our own lives, through our own unique pain, it ...more
Haley Howard
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to start... This book was hard to get through and I mean that in a good way. We read 12 women’s coping stories after sexual assault. That on its own is a huge statement. They don’t go to far into their own sexual assaults, but it really teaches you that there is no wrong or right way to cope. I was in total shock and had to lay the book down to breath. I read passages to my bf and his face was in utter shock that things like this happen EVERY day.
Ai Miller
This is just like a really incredible anthology--so many of the authors are so conscious of the world in which they're writing and living, and so resistant to the narratives of survivorship, and what that specifically means in this moment (2019, during #MeToo, etc.)

So many of these essays are so good; I think my favorite is Gwen Benaway's essay, "Silence," but also Amber Dawn's "This (Traumatized, Kinky, Queer) Body Holds a Story," and "The Mother You Need" by Elisabeth de Mariaffi. By "good,"
Damn. I think this will be a book I will return to time and time again.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the most important book I've ever read, and I don't expect another one to help me as much as this did anytime soon.
Jestina Ricci
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It took me forever to read this because it was so emotionally difficult. I don’t think I was ready until I was.

My reigning thought over the several other thoughts I have is this: I believed I was alone even though I knew that statistically, I wasn’t. Survivors don’t speak about their experiences unless they are “good survivors,” who don’t truly exist. This anthology knocked down the barriers in my heart that made me feel isolated. I felt my emotions every time I read this.

There were great
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the first chapter in a book store and cried. I felt acknowledged, heard and understood.

Each chapter is written by a different author. While I recommend reading the book entirely, please read whatever you need to get you through. I ended up reading about 4 chapters in total that I could identify with in some way or another, and I've already recommended it to my friends and family to better understand what follows AFTER assault in a raw, true form.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book left a lot to be desired for me. I read it and there was 1 story that was exactly what I thought. It was well done. One was ok. A lot of the others I just felt were poorly written, or worse nonsensical.
What I was looking for was a connection to their stories. To how life changed, to how they got through. I didn't feel that.
Robert Pearson
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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“[In this book} you’ll find [twelve] essays from [sexual assault] survivors who have rebuilt their lives around, and in spite of, that black hole of trauma…This book says there is a way forward, even if it’s not the prescribed or sanctioned one we’re used to…

With bravery, honesty, and generosity, these writers are creating connections from the raw material of their own experiences and making the days, months, and years a little easier for those who
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Jen Sookfong Lee writes, talks on the radio and loves her slow cooker.

In 2007, Knopf Canada published Jen’s first novel, The End of East, as part of its New Face of Fiction program. Hailed as “an emotional powerhouse of a novel,” The End of East shines a light on the Chinese Canadian story, the repercussions of immigration and the city of Vancouver.

Shelter, Jen’s first fiction for young adults,