Join Porter Square Books for a presentation by Sohaila Abdulali, author of What We Talk about When We Talk About Rape.
Drawing on her own experience, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis center in Boston, and three decades of grappling with rape as a feminist intellectual and writer, Abdulali tackles some of our thorniest questions about rape, articulating the confounding way we account for who gets raped and why--and asking how we want to raise the next generation. In interviews with survivors from around the world we hear moving personal accounts of hard-earned strength, humor, and wisdom that collectively tell the larger story of what rape means and how healing can occur. Abdulali also points to the questions we don't talk about: Is rape always a life-definining event? Is one rape worse than another? Is a world without rape possible?
Sohaila Abdulali was born in Mumbai. She has a BA from Brandeis University in economics and sociology and an MA from Stanford University in communication. She is the author of two novels as well as children's books and short stories. She lives in New York with her family.
20% of sales from 3PM-5PM will be donated to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
Janet Yassen, of BARCC will be on hand to say a few words about the organization. Janet Yassen, LICSW, has provided direct service, consultation, supervision and training nationally and internationally about the issues of violence for over 40 years. Janet is co-founder of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and Acute Crime Crisis Services Coordinator for the Victims of Violence Program at the Cambridge Hospital, faculty of the Harvard Medical School and an affiliate of the Center of the Mindfulness and Compassion and has practiced mindfulness meditation since 1978. She is a per-diem Chaplain of the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center. She is the author of “Preventing Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder,” In C. Figley (Ed.), Compassion Fatigue: Coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder in those who Treat the Traumatized York, NY: Brunner/Mazel, 1995. Ms. Yassen is the recipient of awards for her career in Social Work.
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