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About the Book and the Author

About the Author

Lori S. Robinson is a journalist, public speaker and the author of “I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse.” Since its publication, she has given presentations about sexual violence at universities, book stores, community organizations and churches across the country and abroad. 

Robinson’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Ebony.com and various national magazines. In 2016, she was selected as a “Bringing Home the World” Fellow by the International Center for Journalists and a “Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Journalism” Fellow by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano.
She was chosen as a 2013 Fellow by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. 

Her work has been recognized by women’s organizations and service provider groups, including the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and the DC Rape Crisis Center. She has been interviewed about sexual violence by CBS Evening News, the Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Washington Post and numerous other media outlets.

Robinson has traveled widely in Latin America. She has taught at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. She has been writing articles about Latin America’s African descendants for more than 20 years. She currently serves on the board of When And Where I Enter, a Houston-based foundation that provides grants to charitable organizations serving Black women and girls in Latin America.

Robinson earned a master's degree in journalism from New York University. She graduated from Spelman College with a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish.

Contact Information

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.

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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.
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