One Voice Raised: A Triumph over Rape


2013 ELit Bronze Medal Winner-True Crime

One Voice Raised: A Triumph Over Rape

"Look at me and I'll kill you!"
Early in the morning of August 21, 1988, an unknown assailant climbed onto the balcony to the open door of Jennifer Wheatley's home, crept down the stairs, entered her first floor bedroom, and waited for her in the dark. As he grabbed her and pulled something tight around her throat, Jennifer was sure...

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2013 ELit Bronze Medal Winner-True Crime

One Voice Raised: A Triumph Over Rape

"Look at me and I'll kill you!"
Early in the morning of August 21, 1988, an unknown assailant climbed onto the balcony to the open door of Jennifer Wheatley's home, crept down the stairs, entered her first floor bedroom, and waited for her in the dark. As he grabbed her and pulled something tight around her throat, Jennifer was sure her life was over.
Assaulted and raped, Jennifer lived through every woman's worst nightmare. Having never seen her assailant's face, she was sure he would never be caught. She spent two decades wondering who and where he was, and when he would strike again. Twenty years after the attack, through the dedication and tireless efforts of an investigator who refused to let her case go cold, a suspect was found.
Jennifer writes about her ordeal and the years of waiting for justice with the candor and fortitude that helped her survive, and Chief Investigator David Cordle illuminates the process of assembling the puzzle pieces that led to the prosecution of one of his longest open cases.

Since publication of One Voice Raised, 2 more victims have been linked through DNA to serial rapist, William Joseph Trice.
*May 31, 1987 in Montgomery County, Maryland.
*August, 1988 in Silver Springs, Maryland

"It brings peace of mind to Trice's victims to know their attacker has been caught and convicted.
The importance of entering cold-case evidence into the national data-base can not be stressed enough."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615562476
  • Publisher: Current Tome Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf is an artist who loves to work in fabric, photography, and occasionally, words. No matter where life takes her, she seems to always have a camera in hand. Inspired by color, texture, and the unexpected discoveries in the world around her, Jennifer brings her vision of the world to life through her art. Jennifer and her husband, Marcus, reside in Virginia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Jennifer lives the nightmare that all women dread. She was attac

    Jennifer lives the nightmare that all women dread. She was attacked and raped. Terrified, because she has not seen her attackers face, she still reports the rape. It takes almost 20 years before a suspect is found. In that time she must learn to live again, to trust again and yes, to love again.

    Terrifying. Should be required reading for all women AND men.
    Rosemary Smith

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    The Courage to Speak Up

    Over 20 years ago my good friend was raped, in her home, by an unknown assailant. This traumatized me. I was numb. We rented a home together after this happend. I saw, I felt what it did to her, to me. I remember sharing what happened to another very good friend of mine, only to have her go white and admit she had been raped while traveling that same summer. I couldn't believe that out of less tha...n a handfull of close girlfriends, an atrocity of this magnitude had happened to them. And this IS an atrocity. I took polls for awhile...people, this happens more than we talk about...whether in childhood, whether through date rape drugs, I haven't the desire to relay story after story and the untold stories that were simply shown by a raising of the hand, no matter how hesitant that hand was slightly raised.
    My girlfriend has written a book. The rapist, the serial rapist, was caught 20 years after his attack, through cold case investigation. I sat in on that trial. This is a story that weaves itself through the last 20+ years of my life. It is Jennifer's, but it is also mine...
    This book is now published, it became available, ironically at the same time the Penn State scandal broke open. Ironic because: The name of the book is "One Voice Raised: A Truimph over Rape"
    Read it. It's time. On a deep level, this book will energetically create a template for change. Change that allows all of us to Speak Up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Superb-I couldn't put it down!

    In the early morning of August 21, 1988, an unidentified man attacked Jennifer Wheatley in what she thought of as the "safety" of her own home. He wrapped something around her throat, forced back her head, and shoved a gag into her mouth, dislocating her jaw in the process. Finally releasing his hold on her neck, he proceeded to rape her, never once allowing him to see her face. He left very few clues to his identity, which made it seem as though he had done it before. But he left his DNA inside her, and two fingerprints on a candle by her bed. In 1988, technology wasn't advanced enough for these two vital pieces of evidence to be of much help.
    Jennifer talks about her experiences, the assault, and her recovery and reclamation of self, with a candor and honesty that is striking and powerful. In the case of most books, from a literature major's perspective at least, we look at the prose, the diction, the syntax. We get caught up in the style and the characters, the conflict, the climax. But sometimes, all that stuff isn't what matters. This is one of those times. What's important here is the message. In a world where the criminals often walk free and the victims never find their voice, this book is a beacon of hope.
    The most moving part of the book to me are the last two chapters, in which Jennifer gives her thoughts on how the world views rape, and then in her Victim's Impact Statement. She speaks about the importance of giving rape victims their voices back after their assailants essentially stripped them of their identities as they knew them. "By giving her a voice, we also give her power. The very act of empowering a person who has suffered a sexual assault removes the social isolation felt by this person" (506). That's what rape is all about: Power. Who has it. In this crime, the rapist gets part of his pleasure from stripping the victim of her power, of asserting his power over her to make her submit to him. By reporting the crime, by seeing the investigation through to the conviction, and by speaking out, the victim regains the power stolen from her. That is what Jennifer Wheatley achieved in writing this book.
    "I made the decision--in spite of what you did to me--and because of you--because of what you did to me--to focus on things in life that brought life to the dark and frightening memories. My obsession with painting, quilting, and photography is my way of keeping my life in the light, despite the fact that you made me afraid of the dark" (511).

    And finally, I see this last quote as the most important lesson of the book. As a victim of rape, it's hard to remember that the crime isn't who you are, it's who the rapist is. It doesn't define you. It changes you, but it doesn't define you.

    I am an Artist.

    That is my legacy.

    You are a rapist. That is how the world will remember you.

    I congratulate Jennifer on the strength and perseverance of will that she displayed in writing this book, of sharing her pain with the world, of putting the shame of this crime where it belongs. You are the kind of woman that women should aspire to be. Thank you for sharing your strength.
    (Review written by Kaelyn Davis)

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