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Monday, May 26, 2008

“Joanna Connors, a theatre critic, was raped on an empty stage.”

posted by on May 26 at 18:01 PM

So announced MetaFilter back in early May, when they linked to Connors’ amazing five-part series for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Beyond Rape: A Survivor’s Journey.

I’ve been meaning to direct Slog readers to the series ever since, but didn’t get around to it till today—and Memorial Day seems as good a day as any to acknowledge an experience a hideously large number of women are forced to survive. As for Connors, her attack is just the tip of the iceberg, instigating a decade-spanning saga of reflexive racism, ambitious forgiveness, and the sweetest story of a “mom tattoo” I’ve ever heard. It’s an amazing read.

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Thank you for posting this and for aknowledging this epidemic.

Posted by Dorothy | May 26, 2008 8:59 PM

That's awfully good writing from Joanna Connors. Thanks for posting.

Posted by M'thew | May 27, 2008 5:19 AM

Ought to read the comments at the bottom of the epilogue.

"She's just another pathetic, guilt ridden liberal. Why don't you all just commit mass suicide before you drag the rest of us down with the oppressive weight of your collective terminal guilt complex?"

Not sure I know how to even respond to that.

Posted by Gloria | May 27, 2008 9:28 AM

Thanks for posting. This was amazing.

Posted by Debbie | May 28, 2008 2:38 AM

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