On May 24, 2014, Twitter exploded with stories of women’s experiences of harassment and assault in their daily lives using the hashtag #YesAllWomen.
With the Twitter conversation as inspiration, 10 women came together to share their stories with each other and the world. They dug within themselves to find wisdom…but they also revealed their own inner conflict about their experiences and their views of the world.
They were willing to be vulnerable and admit not only how they have been hurt, but also how they have hurt others.
Through telling our stories – and hearing the stories of others – we learn that there is much more that unites us than divides us. That is the purpose of this book. To remind you: You are not alone. I hope that you will hear those words repeating in your head as you read this book and realize how true they are: YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Click here to watch videos of the contributors reading their own words.
“This book was thought provoking and sad and yet hopeful at the same time. I saw so much of myself in these stories. I even remembered events I had long suppressed and passed off as just something else that I as a woman just had to deal with.”
— Cynthia Parten
“Once I started reading I couldn’t put the book down. You Are Not Alone is a valuable read for both men and women and Ms. Carey did a wonderful job putting it together. I was captivated by these women and want to thank each and every one of them for opening up and sharing a piece of their soul with the world.”
“This work is NOT about bashing men; in fact, it celebrates and acknowledges male allies, but exploring the way women have often been hurt, marginalized, and disregarded by current culture – which hurts ALL people.”
— Beverly Diehl
“I didn’t agree with everyone in the book, but that’s the point. There are views from multiple people, and we don’t have to agree with everyone, but we do have to respect them.”
— The Bohemian Housewife
“The women who have contributed their stories and experiences are stunningly honest and eloquent in their writing. I am constantly torn between wanting to continue reading the next page and picking up my own journal to reflect.”
— L.V. LaPlante
“Lest any man think this book is about man bashing, it isn’t. There is a universal recognition among the authors that many of the things discussed are cultural attitudes that, if they are to change, need to be discussed.”
“The first few chapters and especially the message to male readers really set a positive tone for this book even as it addresses difficult topics. The message here is not that we as women are looking for sympathy or a place to hate on the opposite gender. Instead, it is one of banding together, sharing our stories in order to make a change together for the next generation.”
— Catherine Basu