Crash Into Me by Liz Seccuro
A Survivor's Search for Justice

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In September 2005, Liz Seccuro's world turned upside down when she
received an apology letter from the man who had raped her twenty-two
years earlier. The rape, which occurred when she was a
seventeen-year-old freshman at the University of Virginia, was reported
to the campus police, but their inquiry led nowhere. The man accused of
raping her left the university soon after, and Seccuro tried to put the
incident behind her, starting a business and a family, but like all
survivors of trauma, the memory was never far from the surface.


The letter brought it all back. Seccuro bravely began an e-mail
correspondence with her rapist to try to understand what happened, and
why. As the correspondence continued, Seccuro found the courage to do
what should have been done all those years earlier-prosecute him. She
began appearing on national television and radio to talk about the case.
Several crime dramas and a John Grisham novel, The Associate,
were based on her experience. She had found a way to end a terrible
story, but once judicial proceedings began, she found that what she
thought occurred at that UV A frat party was only the tip of the
iceberg. The investigation revealed at least two other assailants,
numerous onlookers, and a wall of silence among the fraternity members
that persisted two decades later.


Liz Seccuro's inspiring, unflinching memoir is about experiencing terrible trauma-and the power of justice to heal.

 

About Liz Seccuro

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Liz Seccuro is an event planner and a victim's rights activist. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two children.
 
Published January 4, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Non-fiction

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While Beebe readily admitted his involvement in the rape, his own guilt was soon overshadowed by the revelation that he was the third of three men who raped Seccuro that night—a fact that shocked even the victim.

Jan 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Crash Into Me: A Survivor's S...

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The rape by William Beebe of University of Virginia freshman Seccuro at a 1984 fraternity party was only the beginning of a terrible ordeal.

Nov 08 2010 | Read Full Review of Crash Into Me: A Survivor's S...

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