Is Rape a Crime? by Michelle Bowdler audiobook

Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto

By Michelle Bowdler
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Macmillan Audio 9781250255631
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She Said meets Lucky in Michelle Bowdler’s provocative telling the story of her rape and recovery while interrogating why one of society’s most serious crimes goes largely uninvestigated. The crime of rape sizzles like a lightning strike. It pounces, flattens, destroys. A person stands whole, and in a moment of unexpected violence, that life, that body is gone. Award-winning writer and public health executive Michelle Bowdler’s memoir indicts how sexual violence has been addressed for decades in our society, asking whether rape is a crime, given that it is the least reported major felony and least successfully prosecuted, with fewer than 3% of rapists ever spending a day in jail. Cases are closed before they are investigated ,and DNA evidence sits for years untested and disregarded. Rape in this country is not treated as a crime of brutal violence but as a parlor game of “he said / she said.” It might be laughable if it didn’t work so much of the time. Given all this, it seems fair to ask whether rape is actually a crime. In 1984, the Boston Sexual Assault Unit was formed as a result of a series of break-ins and rapes that terrorized the city, of which Michelle’s own horrific rape was the last. Twenty years later, after a career of working with victims like herself, Michelle decides to find out what happened to her case and why she never heard from the police again after one brief interview. Is Rape a Crime? is an expert blend of memoir and cultural investigation, Michelle’s story is a rallying cry to reclaim our power and right our world. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction

A Time Magazine Best Books of the Year selection

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020

BookPage Best Book of the Year

A New York Times Pick of New & Notable Audiobooks

She Said meets Lucky in Michelle Bowdler’s provocative telling the story of her rape and recovery while interrogating why one of society’s most serious crimes goes largely uninvestigated.

The crime of rape sizzles like a lightning strike. It pounces, flattens, destroys. A person stands whole, and in a moment of unexpected violence, that life, that body is gone. Award-winning writer and public health executive Michelle Bowdler’s memoir indicts how sexual violence has been addressed for decades in our society, asking whether rape is a crime, given that it is the least reported major felony and least successfully prosecuted, with fewer than 3% of rapists ever spending a day in jail. Cases are closed before they are investigated ,and DNA evidence sits for years untested and disregarded.

Rape in this country is not treated as a crime of brutal violence but as a parlor game of “he said / she said.” It might be laughable if it didn’t work so much of the time. Given all this, it seems fair to ask whether rape is actually a crime.

In 1984, the Boston Sexual Assault Unit was formed as a result of a series of break-ins and rapes that terrorized the city, of which Michelle’s own horrific rape was the last. Twenty years later, after a career of working with victims like herself, Michelle decides to find out what happened to her case and why she never heard from the police again after one brief interview.

Is Rape a Crime? is an expert blend of memoir and cultural investigation, Michelle’s story is a rallying cry to reclaim our power and right our world.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An urgent, necessary, stark exploration of ‘one of the most horrific violations that can happen to a human being.’" Kirkus Reviews
“In her stellar, unsettling book, Bowdler…seeks answers―about why her own case disappeared but also why America seems so comfortable continuously, systemically failing survivors.” Time magazine
“Exhaustive research adds veracity to Bowdler’s powerful account of rape’s devastating aftermath. This is a brilliant study.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A brave, illuminating book that’s difficult to read and impossible to put down.” Brandeis Magazine
“A unique intervention in the memoir and social justice genres.” The Guardian (London)
“A searing condemnation of rape culture that firmly places the onus on law enforcement and legislators to reform broken systems…It will move readers to demand change.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Urgent…an indictment of one of the most glaring contradictions of the US criminal justice system.” Boston Globe

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Author Bio: Michelle Bowdler

Author Bio: Michelle Bowdler

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 7.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English