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About the Book and the Author
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Lori is available for speaking engagements, book signings and other events. To inquire about her schedule or to request an interview, send an e-mail to SurviveThrive@aol.com or call (313) 605-6954.

About the Book
I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse is a celebration of healing and empowerment. This book grew from Robinson’s own experience as a survivor of sexual violence. She was on staff at Emerge magazine when she was raped in 1995. An article she wrote about her assault and the alleged assault of a college student — for which she won a first place award at the 1998 National Association of Black Journalists annual convention — generated an outpouring of letters from readers affected by sexual violence. Those letters inspired Robinson to write I Will Survive.

I Will Survive is a self-help book for women and men adult survivors of sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse.

Secondly, it is a risk-reduction and prevention manual with information for use by individuals, community groups and spiritual communities.

It also spells out the historical background of the sexual victimization of African Americans and our contemporary attitudes. This information helps break down the myths that prevent women and men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds from addressing the issue in an effective way.

Table of Contents

Foreward by Julia A. Boyd

PART I: The Road to Healing
Chapter 1 - Your Physical Health
Chapter 2 - The Pursuit of Justice
Chapter 3 - Emotional Recovery
Chapter 4 - To Family and Friends
Chapter 5 - Sexual Healing
Chapter 6 - Reflections on the Spirit: A Discussion with Two Womanist Preachers
Chapter 7 - Prayers: Tools for Spiritual Healing
Chapter 8 - Risk Reductions/Prevention for Adults
Chapter 9 - Risk Reductions/Prevention for Children and Teens
Chapter 10 - Responding to Oppressions: Attitudes and Solutions in the Black Community

PART II: Survivors’ Stories of Healing
Audrey’s Story
Christopher’s Story
Marta’s Story
Audree’s Story

In Conclusion

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I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse
by Lori Robinson, Forward by Julia A. Boyd
Publisher: Seal Pr Feminist Pub; (January 2003)
ISBN: 1580050808
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About the Author

Lori S. Robinson is a journalist, public speaker, rape survivor and the author of “I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse.” The book was published in March 2003 by Seal Press. Since then, she has been speaking at colleges, community organizations and churches across the country and abroad about sexual violence. 

Robinson’s freelance work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press and various national magazines. She served as an editor at Emerge, a national African-American news magazine, where she won several journalism awards.

Her work has been recognized by women’s organizations and service provider groups, including the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, the Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute and the International Black Women’s Congress. She has been interviewed about sexual violence by CBS Evening News, the Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Washington Post and numerous other media outlets. In 2004, she was selected to serve as one of five judges for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma's national Award for Excellence in Reporting on Victims of Violence.

Robinson has traveled widely in Latin America. She has taught at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Most recently, she spent the first half of 2012 living in Brazil. She has been writing articles about Latin America’s African descendants for more than 15 years. She currently serves on the board of When And Where I Enter, a Houston-based foundation that provides grants to charitable organizations that improve the socio-economic status of Black women in Latin America.

Robinson earned a master's degree in journalism from New York University in 1994. She graduated from Spelman College with a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish in 1990. She is blessed to be married to an extraordinary husband, Ollie Johnson.
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