The Book Cellar
Join us at The Book Cellar to see Anne K Ream as she discusses her book Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors.
About Lived Through This:
Part personal history of Anne Ream's own experience rebuilding her life after violence, part memoir of a multi-country, multi-year journey spent listening to survivors, Lived Through This is at once deeply personal and resolutely political. In these pages we are introduced to, among others, the women of Atenco, Mexico, victims of rape and political torture who are speaking out about gender-based violence in Latin America; Beth Adubato, a woman who was raped by a popular athlete and then denied justice when her college failed to fully investigate the attack; and Jenny and Steve Bush, a rape survivor and her father who are working together to share Jenny's testimony of surviving rape at the hands of a veteran in order to alter the US military's response to sexual violence committed by those in its ranks.
Writing with compassion, candor, and, at times, even much-needed humor, Ream brings us a series of stories and essays that are as insistent as they are incisive. Considered individually, her profiles are profoundly moving, and even inspiring. Considered collectively, they are a window into a world where sexual violence is more commonplace than most of us imagine.
The accomplished and courageous women and men profiled in Lived Through This are, in the words of the author, "living reminders of all that remains possible in the wake of the terrible."
About Anne K Ream:
She is the Founding Co-Chair of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition to end human trafficking. The author of “Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors” (Penguin/Random House), the critically praised memoir of her multi-year, multi-country journey spent listening to the stories of victims of sexual violence and trafficking, Ream’s writing has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications.
A passionate believer in media as a tool that can create social change, Ream is the cofounder and workshop facilitator for “The Stories We Tell,” North America’s first testimonial-writing program for survivors of gender-related violence, a founding board member at Art Works for Change, which produces contemporary art exhibitions that address issues such as social justice, human rights, gender equity, and environmental sustainability, and a national co-chair of CounterQuo, a US-based initiative created to challenge legal and media responses to violence against women. Ream also serves on the advisory council of the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States, RAINN.
Ream is the recipient of numerous awards for her work on behalf of women and girls, including the Susan Estrich Courage Award, the End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award, Soroptimist International’s “Women Making a Difference” Award, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Council’s Visionary Voice Award, which was presented to her at a 2011 Clinton Presidential Center Ceremony. Ream has been named one of People Magazine’s “ Heroes Among Us,” and was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of “Chicago’s Top 40,” in an a article that highlighted the leaders and opinion shapers who "make the city great" while doing work that makes an impact on a national and international level.