JOANNA CONNORS/I WILL FIND YOU
Joanna Connors, author of I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her will speak at Tommy's Restaurant, next door to Mac's on Thursday, April 21st at 9:30 a.m. The event will be a breakfast buffet and will benefit the Mareyjoyce Green Women's Center at CSU.. Tickets are 30.00 and include a copy of the book. You must reserve a space for this event by calling 216.321.2665 or emailing email@example.com
When Joanna Connors was thirty years old on assignment for the Cleveland Plain Dealer to review a play at a college theater, she was held at knife point and raped by a stranger who had grown up five miles away from her. Once her assailant was caught and sentenced, Joanna never spoke of the trauma again, until 21 years later when her daughter was about to go to college. She resolved then to tell her children about her own rape so they could learn and protect themselves, and she began to realize that the man who assaulted her was one of the formative people in her life.
Setting out to uncover the story of her attacker, Connors embarked on a journey to find out who he was, where he came from, who his friends were and what his life was like. What she discovers stretches beyond one violent man's story and back into her own, interweaving a narrative about strength and survival with one about rape culture and violence in America.
Joanna Connors is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Glamour, and Redbook, amongst others. Her journalism awards include the 2008 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism from Northwestern University, and Columbia University's Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma for her series of pieces in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer about her rape which became I Will Find You