What We Talk about When We Talk about Rape: Sohaila Abdulali with Chiké Frankie Edozien

Wed. May 1, 2019 at 6:30pm EDT
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A survivor, writer, counselor, and activist offers an honest examination of sexual assault, and the process of recovering joy.

After she was gang-raped as a 17-year-old, Sohaila Abdulali became the first in India to speak out about her experience as a survivor of sexual assault. Following three decades of grappling with the issue personally and professionally, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rapeexamines sexual assault and the global discourse on rape from the viewpoint of a survivor, writer, counselor and activist. Abdulali draws on her own experience, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis center in Boston, as well as interviews with survivors from around the world, to tackle some of our thorniest questions about sexual violence and how we want to raise the next generation.

Abdulali will be joined in conversation by Chiké Frankie Edozien, author of Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man.


Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A stand by line will form thirty minutes before the program.

The Program Room opens at 6 PM.

ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.

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Mid-Manhattan Library Program Room 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10018