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One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery [Hardcover]

Karyn L Freedman

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Book Description

23 April 2014
In this powerful memoir, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman travels back to a Paris night in 1990 when she was twenty-two and, in one violent hour, her life was changed forever by a brutal rape. One Hour in Paris takes the reader on a harrowing yet inspirational journey through suffering and recovery both personal and global. We follow Freedman from an apartment in Paris to a French courtroom, then from a trauma center in Toronto to a rape clinic in Africa. At a time when as many as one in three women in the world have been victims of sexual assault and when many women are still ashamed to come forward, Freedman's book is a moving and essential look at how survivors cope and persevere. At once deeply intimate and terrifyingly universal, One Hour in Paris weaves together Freedman's personal experience with the latest philosophical, neuroscientific, and psychological insights on what it means to live in a body that has been traumatized. Using her background as a philosopher, she looks at the history of psychological trauma and draws on recent theories of post-traumatic stress disorder and neuroplasticity to show how recovery from horrific experiences is possible. Through frank discussions of sex and intimacy, she explores the consequence of sexual violence on love and relationships, and she illustrates the steep personal cost of sexual violence and the obstacles faced by individual survivors in its aftermath. Freedman's book is an urgent call to face this fundamental social problem head-on, arguing that we cannot continue to ignore the fact that sexual violence against women is rooted in gender inequalities that exist worldwide - and must be addressed. One Hour in Paris is essential reading for survivors of sexual violence as well as an invaluable resource for therapists, mental health professionals, and family members and friends of victims.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (23 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022607370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226073705
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,322,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Freedman's terrifying and shattering story, One Hour in Paris, reveals the devastating truth about rape-that it is not confined to one terrible moment, but it determines and shapes a lifetime. If you want to understand why we need to do everything in our power to end rape, read this book." (Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues)"

About the Author

Karyn L. Freedman lives in Toronto, Canada, and she is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, powerful 5 May 2014
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This is a excellent book for anyone interested in trauma studies. Freedman not only gives an incredibly clear and insightful account of her own traumatic experience and healing process, but she advances some truly fascinating ideas about trauma and shame and the role of sexual(ized) violence in contemporary global culture. She also looks at the notion of how to discuss or categorize a violent experience from the perspective of the violated (as "victim", as "survivor") etc. Superbly written, personal and political, an excellent book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rape is unexceptivle should be castrated 23 Jun 2014
By Shaylene Rosenblat - Published on
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Very well written, very descriptive in a very intelligent mode.. Extremely informative & real, felt like I was in the room with her during the rape.. Well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read for the understanding of the harm of rape 20 Jun 2014
By Ronald P. Salzberger - Published on
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An extremely humane book. Quite good on explaining PTSD consequences for some.Consistent with latest research on reformulating (the asssociation of) memory.
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