Kill the Silence: A Survivor's Life Reclaimed

Kill the Silence: A Survivor's Life Reclaimed

by Monika Korra

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Kill the Silence: A Survivor's Life Reclaimed by Monika Korra

In 2009, college sophomore and track star Monika Kørra was grabbed by three men on her way home from a party and brutally raped. Within hours of being released, Monika resolved that she would not be a victim – she was going to be a survivor.
 
Monika had traveled from her home in Norway to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, determined to acclimate to life in the States and excited for the opportunity of a full scholarship to do what she loved. As an athlete and Olympic hopeful, Monika already knew how to train against extreme fatigue, soreness, and distraction. She was used to overcoming adversity, using obstacles like stepping stones to achieve her goals. Persistence and patience had always been her greatest tools.  She would now have to use these same qualities to regain her self-identity and find a “new normal”.
 
Stripped of her sense of security, she slowly rebuilds her life with the help of her friends, family, and her own unflappable spirit. Monika shares the inspiring combination of mental and physical work that gave her the strength to win her greatest fight yet: the court case against the three men who had attacked her. She testifies against them with confidence and a fierce determination that these men would never be able to hurt anyone else, securing a life sentence. Two of them received life, one with parole and one without parole for the worst of the three.
 
A large percentage of sexual assaults – upwards of 80% for female college students, like Monika was – go unreported, and 15 of every 16 rapists go free. By sharing her story, Monika hopes to inspire others to come forward and tell their own stories without shame or fear. Kill the Silence is about one woman's journey to recover from trauma and a call to arms to break the stigma that surrounds violence against women.




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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804139632
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 559 KB

About the Author

MONIKA KØRRA is a native of Løten, Norway. She graduated in 2012 from Southern Methodist University. Monika was the keynote speaker at the 8th annual Conference on Crimes Against Women, as well as the speaker for Take Back the Night at the University of Texas and the Pikes Peak Domestic Violence Summit. She is a certified advocate for rape victims through Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center's volunteer training program. Her nonprofit organization, the Monika Kørra Foundation, provides significant services and referrals for rape and abuse survivors and their loved ones.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Stillhetens Timer 11

2 A Black SUV 21

3 Tomorrow 41

4 Home 63

5 Focus 83

6 The Station 113

7 Departure 125

8 Christmas 133

9 My Dallas 153

10 My Team 161

11 Going Solo 169

12 Measuring Progress 179

13 Running in Circles 189

14 Candles 199

15 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 215

16 Release 235

17 Asking Why 243

18 Going Public 267

19 Perseverance 273

20 Mediation 287

21 I Am Monika Kørra 295

Afterword 301

Acknowledgments 309

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Kill the Silence: A Survivor's Life Reclaimed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monika, First I must confess that I have not yet read your book, I am sorry. Of late, I have read so many accounts of young vibrant woman who have been victums of predators in our society that I just could not bring myself to read one more. Yet, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your courage in sharing your story. Rapist, like the pedators that hurt you have been tolerated in our society to such a degree that they get slapped on the wrists. Our society needs to change our attitude towards rape, it should no longer be tolerated. Punishment should be swift and horrible. And there should be no second chances for offenders. We need to put a end to rape in our socieity for once and for all. Again, thank you for sharing!
Desiree Powell More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, as is Monika. For attitude after what she went through is nothing short of amazing. From the beginning, she was determined not to be a "victim" or to let what happened to her define her. Her story is amazing and I love the way she took her power back!