Shattering Silences Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice By Christopher Johnston
Every two minutes someone in the US is sexually assaulted, and each year there are nearly 300,000 victims of sexual assault. But victims are no longer silent, and new practices by police, prosecutors, nurses, and rape crisis professionals are resulting in more humane and compassionate treatment of victims and more aggressive pursuit and prosecution of perpetrators.

Shattering Silences is the first book to cover these new approaches and partnerships. Christopher Johnston shows how the people and organizations implementing these new approaches are having far-reaching impacts on helping victims heal and making it more likely that predators will be arrested and sentenced. His in-depth portrayals of the altruistic and hard-working people behind these radical approaches—based on seven years of interviews—provide a template of best practices for other organizations and communities to follow. With sexual assault taking center stage these days, this book is more important than ever.
TitleShattering Silences
SubtitleStrategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice
AuthorBy Christopher Johnston
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published1 May 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Christopher Johnston has published more than 3,000 articles in both regional and national publications, including The Plain Dealer, The Christian Science Monitor, and He wrote a cover story for The Christian Science Monitor about a rape in Cleveland and the city’s solutions for curbing sexual violence.

“Christopher Johnston sheds light on a social problem too often overlooked in the United States—sexual abuse. And he does so without wallowing in how bad the problem is. Writing with sensitivity and compassion, he looks at solutions to the rape crisis in America—from the point of view of the police, prosecutors, medical professionals, and, most important, the victims themselves. “
—Scott Armstrong, senior editor responsible for narrative cover stories, The Christian Science Monitor

“Christopher Johnston’s reporting brought national attention to our community’s comprehensive efforts to fight sexual violence and has opened readers’ eyes to this evidence-based, collaborative approach to serving victims of rape and sexual abuse.” —Sondra Miller, President & CEO, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

“Finally, a book that addresses how best to help survivors of sexual assault! In Shattering Silences, Johnston compiles the best practices from experts and shares them with communities seeking effective ways to support victims and help them to heal. It's a book that's long overdue.” —Janine Latus, advocate and author of the international bestseller If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder and Liberation

"Shattering Silences captures the beginning of a cultural sea change that is altering our nation’s perspective on sexual violence . . . It is our hope that readers are inspired to address this important issue by holding elected leaders accountable, treating victims with compassion and respect, and pressing the criminal justice system to take sexual assault seriously." —Ilse Knechet, Joyful Heart Foundation, national organization devoted to transforming society’s response to sexual assault

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