A Book about the Survivors Movement

A Book about the Survivors Movement

For the previous two years, I have been writing a book about survivors of sexual violence emerging from the shadows to build a powerful social movement to challenge centuries of abuse and exploitation. My book celebrates the creation of a powerful social movement that emerged in the last twenty years. In recent years, survivors expanded their political power as it reformed laws in thirty states and prompted dozens of states to initiate investigations. The growing influence of survivors has compelled reforms in law, social relations, and culture.

This new social movement, the Survivors Movement, joins other great social movements, the Civil Rights and the Women’s Movements, to change the world.

Survivors’ activism, media attention, government investigations, and social media advocacy expose the scope of the previously hidden epidemic, where a fifth of the population experiences sexual abuse. Although winning many battles, survivors continue to battle the bastions of resistance of powerful institutions and backward social attitudes.

I document the successes of its leaders who foster social change, support survivors, and prevent abuse, creating the Movement’s foundation. I have reached out to leaders of this Movement, gathering exclusive interviews with leaders illustrating the Movement’s depth and diversity and honoring its pathfinders.

As an advocate, I want my book to give hope to those harmed by enriching the Movement with analysis, empowering the victim, challenging the powerful, and raising social awareness. I want to transform the social and political fabric, changing how we think about the world. I want to give voice to the millions of victims so that we can break free of past domination and create a world free of sexual abuse. As a survivor of sexual violence, I’m passionate about justice and accountability.

Working title: RISE: How Survivors Created a Movement to End Sexual Violence