What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

5 CDs. HighBridge Audio. Nov. 2018. 6 hrs. ISBN 9781684416066. $29.99. digital download. SOC SCI
Talking about rape can be difficult, admits Abdulali (The Madwoman of Jogare). But she notes that the global conversations about rape have come a long way, especially in the #MeToo era. Abdulali contributes to that effort with how she tackles the topic in her writing and narration—in a straightforward yet conversational manner. She bluntly says in the introduction, "I began college weeks after being raped," to let listeners know she is a survivor. Abdulali, who once headed a rape crisis center in Boston, artfully blends survivors' personal stories with facts and figures. The personal accounts will likely be difficult for most people to hear, but Abdulali reads the stories with a steady tone and tempo to carry listeners through the tough parts. Abdulali hopes "all the voices in this book…helped to end some of the silence (and) illuminate some of the shadows" around rape. She does just that.
VERDICT Rape may be difficult to talk about, but we need to, Abdulali says. Especially when "we raise our children with such unclear standards that they don't have the tools to recognize rape when they see it." ["Guaranteed to become an important part of the canon on gender studies and sexual assault": LJ 12/18 starred review of the New Pr. hc.]
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