Winnie Li is a writer, producer and an activist. She just put out a new novel called “The Dark Chapter.” [[Amazon_Link_Text]] I am definitely adding her book to my Amazon wishlist. Her fictional work in The Dark Chapter takes a look at rape, sexual violence and the long road to recovery. In this recent article in The Guardian, Winnie talks about how the system fails victims of sexual violence. I am seeing a lot of that around the world specifically with our young women in college but it could happen to anyone. In this article she talks about how medical care of rape victims can be so disjointed and full of bureaucracy. In her story she was trying to get a drug to prevent the possibility of getting HIV from her attacker and the clinic she went to that did her examination nor any other clinic she reached out to could get it to her in time – she needed 72 hours to get these tablets or she could get infected – from her rapist.
What she had to endure sickens me – not just the rape but the ignorance in the system and how much victims are REQUIRED to be self reliant. It stuns me to the core. This could be me, my daughter, my friends and loved ones. I wonder if I would know what to do.
One of the things that strikes me the most about Winnie is how much she continues to persevere in spite of the tragedies that she has faced. She is not only an activist but also a seasoned traveler. For all of us that want to bring together our activism and our love of travel, Winnie has a passion for both. Her novel, Dark Chapter comes out in the US in September of 2017 and is available in the UK now.
Here is a video interview that Winnie did as she talks about her story and about her book.
Winnie’s simple message is that people everywhere have to be willing to confront the truth about sexual assault and not succumb to the sensationalism associated with categorical lies about the subject. Please consider checking out her book Dark Chapter