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I Choose Elena

Osborne-Crowley, Lucia
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The Indigo Press
Published: September 28, 2019
ISBN: 9781999683399
144 pages


Aged fifteen and preparing for her second Gymnastics World Championship, Lucia Osborne-Crowley was violently raped on a night out. The injuries she sustained ended her gymnastics career, and eventually manifested in chronic illness, which medical professionals now believe can be caused by untreated trauma. Her path to healing began a decade later when she shared her secret for the very first time. Finding solace in writers like Elena Ferrante and Rupi Kair, she learned how to express her suffering and began to rediscover vulnerability and resilience in the face of a formerly unbearable trauma. Her investigations reveal profound societal failures – of law, justice, education and medicine – and suggest that only empathy can break the cycle of sexual violence. Eloquent, defiant and honest, I Choose Elena is the story of how a young woman reclaimed her body.

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