Lisa Factora-Borchers con Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence
"Dear Sister, ""It wasn't your fault; it was never your fault. You did nothing wrong. Hold this tight to your heart: it wasn't your fault.""At night when you lay there and your mind fills with images and you wonder if only, if you had . . . if you hadn't . . . . Remember: it wasn't your fault.""Dear Sister" highlights the lessons, memories, and vision of over forty artists, activists, mothers, writers, and students who share a common bond: they are survivors of sexual violence. Written in an epistolary format, this multi-generational, multi-ethnic collection of letters and essays is a moving journey into the hearts and minds of the survivors of rape, incest, and other forms of sexual violence, written directly to and for other survivors."Dear Sister" goes far beyond traditional books about healing, which often use "experts" to explain the experience of survivors for the rest of the world. Where other books about rape weave the voices of feminists and activists together and imagine what a world without violence might look like, "Dear Sister" describes the reality of what the world looks like through the eyes of a survivor. From a professor in the Midwest to a poet in Belgium, an escapee from a child prostitution ring, a survivor advocate in the Congo, and a sex worker in San Francisco, "Dear Sister" touches on issues of feminism, love, disability, gender, justice, identity, and spirituality.Lisa Factora-Borchers is a Filipina writer and editor whose work has been published in "make/shift," "Bitch," "Left Turn," and "Critical Moment."