Thirty-Three Percent Of College Males Would Commit Rape
Four percent of society are sociopaths. Thirty-Three percent of college males would rape a woman if they could get away with it.
I began to write FBoM after reading a Newsweek Article that referenced a US Department of Justice report regarding Campus Rape. The numbers appalled me, I didn’t understand how young men had such little regard for young women that had fathers, brothers, and mothers just like them.
I argued the numbers weren’t possible. I fought the feeling of shame and anger regarding my gender. I read the entire DOJ report with supporting documents and then I hugged my daughters and warned them with the inadequate words I had available. And then, I realized I could do something about it.
I could write a novel with real, although fictionalized, experiences of real victims. I spoke to rape counselors and read every story regarding rape and abuse that I could find, and I had conversations with a few victims themselves.
In several online book clubs, the conversation has begun. People that have read the FBoM have had a glimpse into a reality that many women already know, and some had no idea existed anywhere but rumor. Daily I see more and more posts that don’t specifically refer to my book, but refer to the topic itself.
Every time I update my Memorial Wall on embosso.net my visitor numbers spike. People want to know the stories of these women and the want to know that they won’t be forgotten. That the pain and injustice has been acknowledged and people care. That it wasn’t their fault, they did nothing wrong and the world loves them.
These women frequently receive no justice in the malecentric justice system and are left to find their own recovery tools, or expected to just move on and accept that it’s the way the world works. All I can ask of you, whether you buy FBoM or don’t buy my novel… keep the conversation alive. Only by bringing this sensitive topic into the light can we remove the shame and guilt the women unjustly feel. Only by bringing the pain to the surface can the healing begin.
The following review is why I write. Although I hope you are entertained, my goal is to make the reader feel. To feel long after the last page is turned and the novel completed. Thank you kind reader for the words… Thank you for making me believe that my hopes are not wasted.
5.0 out of 5 stars
ByAshrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 September 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
I read a lot of books. Sometimes it can be a bit samey as I tend to stick to similar genre / styles but then, every so often, I come across a book that blows all that monotony out of the water. I have read a few like that this year but I have to say that this one eclipsed them all.
Please do pay attention to the author’s warning in the blurb. This book pulls no punches. It is brutal, it is graphic, it is definitely hard hitting and even if, like me, you haven’t been personally affected by abuse in any form, you will probably be touched in some way. I say all this, but I also have to say that even though it is very graphic, the subjects covered are done so in a sensitive way. It is by no means exaggerated for shock tactic sake.
In general, I am not really in favour of vigilante retribution but the ethos was so well presented in this book that even I started to question my own morals. It was definitely very thought provoking. The motivations of those involved, their stories were such that their subsequent behaviour became totally understandable even if I can’t quite bring myself to totally condone it.
The characters all came across as totally believable. This I think is harder to do with complex, wounded people as they tend to be inconsistent by nature but here the author does a spot on job of making each one credible and believable. I also loved the way that the characters developed through the book, especially as some of them went in vastly differing directions.
The other thing I really did like, but admit that it did initially take a bit of getting used to, is the author’s writing style. He uses various methods to tell the story both in the present day and in flashback, he also uses diary entries which I always love as they are good ways of providing information in a succinct, efficient way.
The story went on at quite a pace. I read the first 15% or so one evening and then the rest of the book in one sitting next day. To say it grabbed me and wouldn’t let up would be an understatement. Even now, a few days after finishing, I am still thinking about it and probably will for a little while yet.
By the looks of things, this is the start of a series. I am definitely going to get the next one when it’s out. I might even have a sniff around anything else this author has written cos, once I got into it, I really loved the way he writes.
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