Even If You're Broken: Essays on Sexual Assault and #MeToo
**Winner of the GOLD Medal in the 2020 IPPY Book of the Year Awards.**
From the bestselling author of Life of the Mind Interrupted comes an essay collection "rich in vulnerability and candor."
How do we make a good life in a world where sexual violence always lurks in the shadows?
Katie Rose Guest Pryal, rape survivor, law professor, and bestselling author, takes on the rapidly changing legal and social landscape of #MeToo and Title IX. Moving from the deeply personal to the socially critical, the essays in this collection are incisive dispatches from survivor territory.
In these fiery essays, Pryal documents reporting her rape to a university Title IX office, in grim, yet hilarious, detail. She turns her law-trained eye to the Bill Cosby case and the musician Kesha's struggle to break free of her recording contract because of alleged abuse by her producer. This book is for survivors, those who love them, and those who want to make the world a better place for them. These stories strip away shame. They burn off fear. They lay bare the injustices survivors face and how we can fight them. Best of all, Pryal shows how she has fought those injustices herself-and by showing us, she inspires us to do the same.
"Rich in vulnerability and candor, Pryal's evocative essays remind us that the survivor journey is far from linear, and that there is power and beauty in our imperfect journey." -Andrea Pino, co-author of We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out
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"Rich in vulnerability and candor." -Andrea Pino, co-author of We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out
"Refreshingly honest." -Award-winning author Amy Impellizzeri
"In Pryal's work we see hope: For a kinder, more just, more capacious understanding of what it means to be human, to pursue knowledge, and to educate." -Catherine J. Prendergast, author of Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World