Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl

Jeannie Vanasco
In a discussion of her new book, Towson University’s Jeannie Vanasco walks through her lingering trauma, feelings of betrayal, and need for accountability more than a decade her rape by a close friend from high school. Setting the #MeToo-era memoir apart: She also gives voice to her attacker, who spoke to Vanasco at length.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
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6 pm
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6:30 pm
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Jeannie Vanasco was a sophomore in college when she was sexually assaulted by one of her closest friends from high school. Still haunted by the incident 14 years later, she wondered: Did he think about that night, as well? How had he processed what he’d done? Was he remorseful? She managed to track him down, and called …

Now a writer and an assistant English professor at Towson University, Vanasco walks through her trauma, feelings of betrayal, and need for accountability in a discussion of her new book Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl. What sets the #MeToo-era memoir apart is the voice she also gives to her attacker—she calls him Mark—who agreed to speak with her at length for the book. Vanasco boldly explores how the rape impacted both their lives.

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FYI BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION


Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl

by Jeannie Vanasco
Saturday, March 14, 2020
1 p.m.
UMKC Women's Center
, 105 Haag Hall, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110 (map)

Copies of the book will be provided for participants in advance of the discussion date. RSVPs required. Vanasco will join the group via video chat.

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