In March 2015, Denise Huskins and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn awoke from a sound sleep into a nightmare. Armed men bound and drugged them, then abducted Denise. Warned not to call the police or Denise would be killed. Aaron agonized about what to do. Finally he put his trust in law enforcement and dialed 911. But instead of searching for Denise, the police accused Aaron of her murder. His story, they told him, was just unbelievable. When Denise was released alive, the police turned their fire on her, dubbing her the “real-life ‘Gone Girl’” who had faked her own kidnapping.
In Victim F, Aaron and Denise recount the horrific ordeal that almost cost them everything. Like too many victims of sexual violence, they were dismissed, disbelieved, and dragged through the mud. With no one to rely on except each other, they took on the victim blaming, harassment, misogyny, and abuse of power running rife in the criminal justice system. Their story is, in the end, a love story, but one that sheds necessary light on sexual assault and the abuse by law enforcement that all too frequently compounds crime victims’ suffering.
“Denise Huskins is a true hero. What courage it took to survive the horrors that would be enough to silence many; but the courage she has shown in writing VICTIM F, reliving the worst days (and years) of her life, is a true service to humanity. This book will change how you perceive what it is to be a victim and how victims are treated, and perhaps more importantly how survivors should be treated. Denise and Aaron’s unabashed and forthright narrative is compelling and overwhelming. I do not have the words to adequately describe the emotional journey it took me on, but I believe this book has the power to change lives, routine procedures, best practices, our victim-blaming and shaming culture – and, in short, humanity.”
"This book had me screaming on almost every page. I wish this were a work of fiction. It's a case that could only have been true from the first disclosure. You'll want to burn the house down yet you can't turn the pages quick enough. A searing account that's well written and unputdownable. A story of true survival, hope and courage."
“ ...Their stories illustrate the most significant challenge that survivors share with us on the National Sexual Assault Hotline—the fear (and, for many, the reality) of not being believed. VICTIM F reveals how far we are from providing survivors with the justice they deserve after these crimes, and the incredible strength of those who refuse to be left behind.”
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