The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse by Nina Hoffmann
When journalist Nina Hoffmann said "I do" to her husband Joel in 2010, she knew that he'd been sexually abused as a child. What she didn't yet understand was that the hidden emotional wounds from that long-ago violation would soon come to pervade every aspect of their relationship, threatening their very ability to live and love together. The couple's two-year battle to save their marriage culminated in Joel's public coming-out as a sexual abuse survivor - and telling his story inspired them to begin collecting the personal stories of other survivors and their loved ones from around the nation. THE SURVIVORS PROJECT presents more than 50 intimate, first-person essays from women and men of all ages and all backgrounds, having little in common except for the life-altering fact of the terrible thing that happened to them-and their determination to move forward by sharing their stories with the world.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of THE SURVIVORS PROJECT will be donated to regional charities supporting abuse survivors.
NINA HOFFMANN is the award-winning senior editor at Philadelphia Weekly, where the special coverage she co-edited on rape culture won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia's 2012 Public Service Award. JOEL HOFFMANN is a two-time recipient of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Distinguished Writing Award. The couple are both alumni of Temple University's graduate journalism program; they currently reside in Center City Philadelphia.