- Publisher : CreateSpace (23 October 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 268 pages
Trigger warning: Sexual violence, rape
To write about something as grim as sexual assault is not easy. To read it is also a difficult task.
To the Survivors by Robert Uttaro encapsulates the author’s experiences when he volunteered as a counsellor at the rape crisis centre at Ashville. He got to interact with other volunteers and the rape survivors. He also heard their stories that left him shaken and thinking.
To the Survivors flits in between Robert’s first-hand experiences and of those who survived the gravity of sexual violence. It was quite a jarring experience for me to read this book for the verbatim stories of survivors disturbed me.
It is a book that essentially focuses on sexual violence, healing and forgiveness. By the end of the book, you might feel both sad and happy – sad for whatever happened but happy for how the people actually went about their grief and healed.
Healing is a process. It might take one a few months, a year or many years. You never know.
But it is important to grieve, to make peace, and allow yourself to heal.
That is probably the only way to progress and live. Perhaps.
I am glad that Robert exhibited sheer kindness while talking about his experiences and that of other sexual assault survivors.
However, I do feel that I had slightly different expectations from the book. Going by its title, I believed that it would be some sort of dedication to the survivors. The content of the book doesn’t fully justify this.
Nevertheless, it is a book written with a clear intent of initiating conversation around the difficult subject of sexual violence. Kudos to Robert for that. If the premise sounds good to you, you can definitely check it out.
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