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Marissa F. Cohen is the Founder and Executive Director of the Nonprofit, Within Your Reach, Inc., that works with warriors of sexual assault and domestic violence by creating an open and supportive community, and training advocates around the country about the appropriate ways to respond to warriors in crisis. She is also a co-founder of the program #IMASTATISTIC, with her friend and colleague, in an effort to Break the Silence by humanizing sexual assault survivors. Marissa grew up in Chicago, Illinois and New Jersey, and was heavily influenced by plays like Spring's Awakening, and books like Speak and Perks of Being a Wallflower. Now, she has made Chicago her home, surrounding herself with friends and family. As far back as high school, Marissa considered herself a social activist. One of her earliest attempts was to end animal testing with makeup products and add a fresh salad bar to her high school cafeteria. Only one of those was achieved. Present-day, Marissa splits her workday between working as a government contractor for the Army Reserve, helping service members with "adult life issues", and developing Within Your Reach. Two roles that she absolutely loves.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I don't think it's a coincidence that this book comes out at the same time as society is waking up to all the sexual harassment/abuse/assault coming in the news.
Outside of watching every episode of Law and Order: SVU, I have been very fortunate to have not known anyone who was assaulted until I read this book. The stories in this book are all true, they happened to real people, and it makes me furious that people can treat another person like they did in this book.
I read the whole book in a day, and when I was done, I was the one who wanted to shower off the filth I felt at my gender, and you might too. It's ok if you do, it lets you know that you have a high sense of decency.
The book is great, the stories are gut-wrenching, and they may make you cry. I would recommend this book 100 times over.
This book is a must read for police officers, prosecutors, etc. To hear Marissa (and others) speak about what they went thru in order to get justice is heart wrenching. I have been in law enforcement for over 3 decades and cannot believe what I read. This book is about victims becoming heroes.