The subject of rape has long been "unspeakable" and remains one of the most controversial and emotionally charged issues for society. For Nancy Venable Raine, second only to the soul-breaking burden of her rape at 39 was the silence that shrouded it, a silence born of her own feelings of shame and the incomprehension of others. She uses the redemptive power of language to lift the silence that is rape's legacy and to promote an understanding of the stigma that haunts rape's survivors. Using wide-ranging sources from literature, mythology, psychology and feminist theory, she exposes the complicated damage and response caused by rape.
Nancy Venable Raine is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Tines Magazine, Southern Poetry Review, The Women's Review of Books and other publications.