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Kill the Silence: A Survivor's Life Reclaimed
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In 2009, college sophomore and track star Monika Kørra was grabbed by three men on her way home from a party and brutally raped. Within hours of being released, Monika resolved that she would not be a victim – she was going to be a survivor.
 
Monika had traveled from her home in Norway to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, determined to acclimate to life in the States and excited for the opportunity of a full scholarship to do what she loved. As an athlete and Olympic hopeful, Monika already knew how to train against extreme fatigue, soreness, and distraction. She was used to overcoming adversity, using obstacles like stepping stones to achieve her goals. Persistence and patience had always been her greatest tools.  She would now have to use these same qualities to regain her self-identity and find a “new normal”.
 
Stripped of her sense of security, she slowly rebuilds her life with the help of her friends, family, and her own unflappable spirit. Monika shares the inspiring combination of mental and physical work that gave her the strength to win her greatest fight yet: the court case against the three men who had attacked her. She testifies against them with confidence and a fierce determination that these men would never be able to hurt anyone else, securing a life sentence. Two of them received life, one with parole and one without parole for the worst of the three.
 
A large percentage of sexual assaults – upwards of 80% for female college students, like Monika was – go unreported, and 15 of every 16 rapists go free. By sharing her story, Monika hopes to inspire others to come forward and tell their own stories without shame or fear. Kill the Silence is about one woman's journey to recover from trauma and a call to arms to break the stigma that surrounds violence against women.

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In 2009, college sophomore and track star Monika Kørra was grabbed by three men on her way home from a party and brutally raped. Within hours of being released, Monika resolved that she would not be a victim – she was going to be a survivor.
 
Monika had traveled from her home in Norway to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, determined to acclimate to life in the States and excited for the opportunity of a full scholarship to do what she loved. As an athlete and Olympic hopeful, Monika already knew how to train against extreme fatigue, soreness, and distraction. She was used to overcoming adversity, using obstacles like stepping stones to achieve her goals. Persistence and patience had always been her greatest tools.  She would now have to use these same qualities to regain her self-identity and find a “new normal”.
 
Stripped of her sense of security, she slowly rebuilds her life with the help of her friends, family, and her own unflappable spirit. Monika shares the inspiring combination of mental and physical work that gave her the strength to win her greatest fight yet: the court case against the three men who had attacked her. She testifies against them with confidence and a fierce determination that these men would never be able to hurt anyone else, securing a life sentence. Two of them received life, one with parole and one without parole for the worst of the three.
 
A large percentage of sexual assaults – upwards of 80% for female college students, like Monika was – go unreported, and 15 of every 16 rapists go free. By sharing her story, Monika hopes to inspire others to come forward and tell their own stories without shame or fear. Kill the Silence is about one woman's journey to recover from trauma and a call to arms to break the stigma that surrounds violence against women.

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      • content: "Monika's heartbreaking survival story, told with unflinching honesty, brings to light what is so often hushed and silenced. Her courage in speaking out about her rape and recovery is an inspiration, and this book is important reading for anyone who wants to understand what victims of sexual violence endure. By telling her story, Monika has managed to take back control of herself, her body, and her life, and we can all learn from her bravery."
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      • content: "This is an uplifting and generous memoir by a strong woman who survived a truly brutal attack."
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        A former Southern Methodist University track star's account of how she survived a brutal rape that changed her life. Going to the United States to study on a full scholarship was a dream come true for the Norwegian-born Korra. In 2009, just as she was finishing her third semester at SMU, the young runner was kidnapped and raped by three men. The author vowed that her life would go on just as it had before the attack, but in the two years that followed, she found out just how difficult it would be to keep that promise to herself. Korra describes in detail her struggles with the extreme fear and insomnia that plagued her in the aftermath and the AIDS anti-viral drugs she was forced to take to protect her brutalized body against possible infection. She sought therapy only to discover that having to retell the story of her rape was "overwhelming." Journalists in Dallas hounded her for her story to the point that she and her roommates had to move to another location in secret, and friends in Norway she had known for years stayed away, unsure of how to treat her. Korra's athletic performance suffered for more than a year; so did a relationship she had, which eventually ended. But Korra was also fortunate in that she had a strong support system that included her family as well as coaches, friends, and teammates in Dallas. When her rapists were captured not long after the attack, her support structure helped her through the wrenching court appearances that followed and did not conclude until 2011. Korra speaks from a socially and educationally privileged position, which may somewhat limit her memoir's appeal, but both the book and the foundation she later started to help rape survivors are clear expressions of a personal strength and integrity that are profoundly admirable. An intimate and honest memoir of survival after trauma.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        In 2009, Norwegian author Krra was a student and track star at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Leaving a party one night with friends, she was literally ripped from their arms in the parking lot at gunpoint by three men who kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped her. After being set free, she was taken to the hospital and her captors were soon arrested. As she relates in wrenching detail, her athlete's drive to succeed initially led her to try to handle the attack on her own in a way that made her physically ill. With the support of others and lessons learned on the track, Krra was able eventually to focus on the future and not be destroyed by the violence committed against her. By sharing her story, which includes the trials of her attackers and the enormously stressful attention of the media (who win no awards for compassion here), Krra seeks to help others who have been raped. This is an uplifting and generous memoir by a strong woman who survived a truly brutal attack.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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Monika had traveled from her home in Norway to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, determined to acclimate to life in the States and excited for the opportunity of a full scholarship to do what she loved. As an athlete and Olympic hopeful, Monika already knew how to train against extreme fatigue, soreness, and distraction. She was used to overcoming adversity, using obstacles like stepping stones to achieve her goals. Persistence and patience had always been her greatest tools.  She would now have to use these same qualities to regain her self-identity and find a “new normal”.
 
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