After the Unspeakable

After the Unspeakable

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by Benjamin Chambers
     
 
When Benjamin Chambers' girlfriend was raped on the street by a stranger in Chicago, he devoted himself to helping her recover. Too late, he learned that her private struggles exceeded the limits of love – and even language itself.

In this fiercely compassionate essay about trauma and betrayal, he explores the toll that indescribable ordeals take on their

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When Benjamin Chambers' girlfriend was raped on the street by a stranger in Chicago, he devoted himself to helping her recover. Too late, he learned that her private struggles exceeded the limits of love – and even language itself.

In this fiercely compassionate essay about trauma and betrayal, he explores the toll that indescribable ordeals take on their victims and those who love them, and the bittersweet gift of transcendence that comes with time and resilience.

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www.amazon.com/After-Unspeakable-Benjamin-Chambers-ebook/dp/B004WOXUK2 - J.C. Andrijeski
Really amazing essay on the aftermath of rape, from the point of view of the partner of a victim, as opposed to the victim themselves. It really highlights the "reach" of sexual violence, in that everyone close to that person is forced to witness a kind of death in the person they once knew ... Incredibly important to read, both for rape victims and those who care about them, or anyone else who has suffered from a trauma as personal and long-lasting in impact as sexual crime.
www.amazon.com/After-Unspeakable-Benjamin-Chambers-ebook/dp/B004WOXUK2 - Wayne Scott
...What is unique about this account, however, is that it emerges from the uninjured partner's point of view and illustrates the many casualties of sexual violence. Rape is so often discussed as a woman's problem, perpetrated by men, which indeed it is; but in seeing it through such a polarized, gendered filter, we can miss out on "the other victims:" the friends and family members, the children, the husbands and boyfriends, all of whom have a unique and often invisible suffering of their own...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012304391
Publisher:
Darn Write Publishing
Publication date:
04/14/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
74 KB

Meet the Author

Benjamin Chambers spent almost 15 years writing literary fiction and essays; his work is highly varied in tone, style, and genre.

His past creative work has appeared in many publications, including The Iowa Review, ZYZZYVA, Foreign Service Journal, MANOA, and The Mississippi Review.

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syrimne More than 1 year ago
Really amazing essay on the aftermath of rape, from the point of view of the partner of a victim, as opposed to the victim themselves. It really highlights the "reach" of sexual violence, in that everyone close to that person is forced to witness a kind of death in the person they once knew. That person really isn't ever the same again, and the mourning that happens as a result of losing friends/lovers to this crime is not something I've seen examined in such detail anywhere before...but it struck me upon reading this how incredibly important it is to understanding the impact of rape on society as a whole. The author's honesty in terms of his own reactions to the event and its aftermath, witnessing this process with his lover and feeling helpless to do anything to impact it in any way, is really what makes this essay so powerful. Incredibly important to read, both for rape victims and those who care about them, or anyone else who has suffered from a trauma as personal and long-lasting in impact as sexual crime.