Freedman 2014 Rape

Title Information

Author: Karyn L. Freedman

Title: One Hour in Paris

Subtitle: A True Story of Rape and Recovery

Place: Chicago, IL and London

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Year: 2014

Pages: 208pp.

ISBN-13: 9780226073705 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780226117607 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Canadian History, French History | Cases: Victims / Karyn L. Freedman; Victims: Testimonies

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Author: Karyn L. Freedman, Department of Philosophy, University of GuelphAuthor's Website


  1. Paris, August 1, 1990
  2. What Happened Next
  3. Live in It
  4. Africa, 2008
  5. Paris, Revisited


»In this powerful memoir, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman travels back to a Paris night in 1990 when she was twenty-two and, in one violent hour, her life was changed forever by a brutal rape. One Hour in Paris takes the reader on a harrowing yet inspirational journey through suffering and recovery both personal and global. We follow Freedman from an apartment in Paris to a French courtroom, then from a trauma center in Toronto to a rape clinic in Africa. At a time when as many as one in three women in the world have been victims of sexual assault and when many women are still ashamed to come forward, Freedman’s book is a moving and essential look at how survivors cope and persevere.
At once deeply intimate and terrifyingly universal, One Hour in Paris weaves together Freedman’s personal experience with the latest philosophical, neuroscientific, and psychological insights on what it means to live in a body that has been traumatized. Using her background as a philosopher, she looks at the history of psychological trauma and draws on recent theories of posttraumatic stress disorder and neuroplasticity to show how recovery from horrific experiences is possible. Through frank discussions of sex and intimacy, she explores the consequences of sexual violence for love and relationships, and she illustrates the steep personal cost of sexual violence and the obstacles faced by individual survivors in its aftermath. Freedman’s book is an urgent call to face this fundamental social problem head-on, arguing that we cannot continue to ignore the fact that sexual violence against women is rooted in gender inequalities that exist worldwide—and must be addressed.
One Hour in Paris is essential reading for survivors of sexual violence as well as an invaluable resource for therapists, mental health professionals, and family members and friends of victims.« [Source: University of Chicago Press]

Added: March 29, 2014 | Last updated: March 29, 2014