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Rape New York

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In the gripping first pages of this true story, Jana Leo relives the moment-by-moment experience of a home invasion and rape in her own apartment in Harlem. After she reports the crime, she waits. Between police disinterest and squabbles from the health insurance company over who’s going to pay for the rape kit, she realizes that the violence of such an experience does not stop with the crime. Increasingly concerned that the rapist will return, she seeks help from her landlord, who refuses to address security issues on the property. She comes to understand that it is precisely these conditions of newly gentrified lower-income areas which lead to vulnerable living spaces, high turnover rates, and ultimately higher profits for slumlords. In this most singular memoir, Leo weaves a psychological journey into an analysis that becomes equally personal: the fault lines of property mismanagement, class vulnerabilities, and a deeply flawed criminal justice system. In a stunning conclusion, Leo has her day in court.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 07, 2011 – In a harrowing and intimate account Leo candidly recounts her own "nonviolent" rape of January 25, 2001, and the subsequent six years she spent seeking justice. Ninety-four percent of rapes and sexual assaults occur within 50 miles of the victim's home, and Leo's was no different; she was assaulted in her New York apartment in the middle of the day. Despite the presence of a gun, there was no violence beyond that inherent in the act. After the initial chapter detailing her assault, most of this thin volume chronicles how Leo ended up living in the run-down Harlem apartment where the rape occurred and her years fighting an apathetic legal system. Being raped forced Leo to consider the concept of home as a safe place and confront an array of issues including poverty, crime, corruption, and "the myth of New York," wherein "parasite and host are intertwined." Refusing to be silenced or ignored, Leo takes on her assailant, landlord, and ultimately the city of New York, raising important environmental, social, physical, emotional, psychological, and existential questions. At times recalling Joan Didion's Sentimental Journeys, Leo's book is an intensely vulnerable and honest attempt to correct many of the false perceptions associated with rape.
Rape New York
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  • $15.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Feb 08, 2011
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
  • Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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