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"Me too. It happened to me too."
More than one in five women and 5 percent of men are sexually assaulted while at college. Some survivors are coming forward; others are not. In We Believe You, students from every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly selective and less so—share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism, representing a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all.
Praise for We Believe You
“One of the most important books of the year, written by two brave and fierce young activists against on-campus rape and sexual violence. . . . I want everyone to read this book.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic
“Brave, unforgettable and incredibly important . . . . the statistics are dramatic, but the stories of the sexual assault survivors, told in their own words, are even more powerful.”—News and Observer
“Stunning and heart-wrenching . . . . It should be read by parents, high-school seniors, college personnel, and law-enforcement (both police and prosecutors).”—Huffington Post
“Should be required reading for everyone. . . . A crucial reminder.”—Read It Forward
“Changing the conversation forever . . . [a] monumental exposé.”—Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair
“An incredible compilation of survivor stories. And it’s quite heartbreaking . . . but it’s one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read.”—Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, speaking on the floor of the United States Senate
“Powerful, tragic and gripping . . . shatters stereotypes about sexual assault.”—Prachi Gupta, Cosmopolitan.com
“#WeBelieveYou is a powerful book giving voice to survivors of sexual assault. Buy it, read it, stand with us.”—Brie Larson, Academy Award winner, Best Actress for Room
“Incredible.”—Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
“Moving, difficult, and entirely necessary. There is a multiplicity of voices in these pages: women and men, musicians and journalists, activists and professionals. The politics of different races, genders, ages, and sexualities are explored, showing that in our current culture no one is immune to the perils of sexual assault. While some of the contributors are named, many are anonymous, but the voices of all are treated with respect.”—Read It Forward
“A multifaceted act of solidarity”— Daily Collegian (UMass)
“Undeniably important . . . . [H]as shown how diverse and unique each experience of sexual assault is . . . . By telling accounts of their assault and their recovery, these survivors create the possibility of educating others, as well as the possibility of recovery for those who have not, cannot, or do not yet feel ready to claim their stories.”—Fem Magazine (UCLA)
“Heartbreaking and heartwarming, We Believe You is not a story of hate, it’s a story of hope...A great resource for those who wish to learn more about sexual assault on college campuses. More importantly, it is a lifeline for the survivors of sexual assault.”—Daily Trojan (University of Southern California)
“Excited to read #WeBelieveYou, a powerful collection of 36 survivor narratives.” – Laverne Cox
“Happy pub date to #WeBelieveYou, a collection of survivorship & activism” – Janet Mock