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To the Survivors is about one man’s journey as a rape crisis counselor with true stories of sexual violence shared by survivors in their own words. Gently and beautifully constructed, To the Survivors is moving, tender, sharp, and piercingly true all at once. Readers will encounter uncensored written stories, poems, and interviews from women and men who have experienced rape and sexual assault, plus the advocate-author voice that weaves their experiences together. The survivors are diverse in age, gender, and ethnicity, yet each gives a similarly raw and heartfelt account of his or her victimization and recovery. The authenticity and vulnerability with which survivors speak resonates profoundly. But this book is not just for survivors of sexual violence. Robert Uttaro believes anyone can benefit from the words in these pages, rape survivor or not.
To the Survivors: One Man’s Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence by Robert Uttaro is a moving, emotionally charged, and beautiful love letter to sexual assault survivors and to the people who support them.
To the Survivors is a vessel for survivor’s stories in their own words. Robert Uttaro handles these experiences with grace and an empathy that is moving, sensitive, and skillfully handled. He’s included poems written by survivors or their friends as well as speeches and interviews. Together with his own story, this book offers an education, an ally, and especially, an authenticity that only experience can provide. In Robert’s own words, this book was written for anyone, but those who may be triggered by the survivor’s stories should be especially thoughtful about reading it with someone to ensure they are not being retriggered as they read.
Robert Uttaro felt a strong calling to support survivors who have experienced rape or sexual assault; this book is his story about the experiences he’s had at The Healing Place, an organization that provides support for sexual assault survivors. The contents of this book, while difficult to read, are handled expertly and beautifully. Robert has a gift for conveying other’s survivor’s stories with care and with grace while also providing relief for his readers with his own stories. It’s clear he has a passion for helping others and that the roles he served at The Healing Place helped him just as much as he helped others. I learned so much from his passion in this book, but I also learned about the financial and personal impact rape or sexual assault has on a victim.
While this topic is difficult to read about, especially when it’s a survivor’s own account, this book is necessary to read to understand that rape or sexual assault doesn’t impact any one gender, class, religious group, or age; and for those who have been impacted, certain kinds of support are more helpful than others. Robert Uttaro offers many of these examples through his own experiences in the hopes that his readers will benefit and understand. This book is beautifully written and will help to promote healing, understanding and help to open lines of communication which is necessary in the therapeutic process.
To the Survivors: One Man’s Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence by Robert Uttaro is an important thoughtful book for many people who have been affected by sexual abuse. It is also for those who are friends and family of survivors and want to help their loved one who has been affected and is a victim. Everyone will gain more insight for the journey in overcoming the traumatic effects of rape and molestation and to better understand more clearly what is needed in the healing process. This is a must-read book for many and comes highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews. Book read and reviewed by Mary Rosenthal for ABR book reviews, marketing for authors and top reading recommendations for all readers.
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