Book Launch of Michelle Bowdler's Is Rape a Crime? in Conversation
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Live via Zoom: Thursday, July 30, 7:30 PM Michelle Bowdler presents Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto In conversation with Grace Talusan
Award-winning writer and public health executive Michelle Bowdler's memoir, Is Rape a Crime?, indicts how sexual violence has been addressed for decades in our society. Rape is the least reported major felony, least successfully prosecuted, and fewer than 3% of reported rapes result in conviction. Cases are closed before they are investigated and DNA evidence sits for years untested and disregarded. 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 Bowdler's own horrific rape was the last. Twenty years later, after a career of working with victims like herself, Bowdler 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, and Bowdler’s story is a rallying cry to reclaim our power and right our world. Joining Bowdler in conversation is Grace Talusan, critically acclaimed author of The Body Papers.