A Survivor's Journey
From Victim to Advocate
by Natasha Simone Alexenko
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 03 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 17 Apr 2018
An inspiring true story of love, hope, and victory—and of one woman who was determined to make a difference in the wake of a crime.
On August 6, 1993, twenty-year-old Natasha Alexenko was assaulted at gunpoint. After nearly a decade, her backlogged rape kit was finally tested and her rapist, who roamed free for ten years, was brought to justice. On the day he was sentenced, Alexenko vowed that she would no longer be a statistic and would do whatever she could to help police on behalf of other rape victims. In 2011, she founded Natasha’s Justice Project (NJP), a nonprofit committed to ending the rape-kit backlog.
This unflinching memoir chronicles her journey from trauma to triumph. Despite personal setbacks and bureaucratic obstacles, Alexenko refuses to give up on her determination to raise awareness of a problem even worse than she imagined, as tens of thousands of untested rape kits languish in crime storage facilities across the country. Written for fellow survivors, their families, law enforcement, and anyone impacted by rape, her deeply personal story is a testament to the power of one person to make a profound change.
A Note From the Publisher
“If you want to know what courage looks like, then meet Natasha Alexenko. This book - A Survivor’s Journey—is a stunning account of her personal voyage from rape victim to spokeswoman and advocate for all those who have not yet found their voices or their strength. It is the story of Natasha’s triumph over darkness in her quest for justice.” –Linda Fairstein, Former Special Victims’ Prosecutor
“Natasha Alexenko is a national hero. She has selflessly shared her horrific sexual assault experience and its aftermath that included the failure to test her sexual assault kit. By sharing her story, she has brought into focus, on a national level, the injustices that sexual assault survivors have experienced across this country. By creating Natasha’s Justice Project, Natasha has helped change the course of America by paving the path toward justice for survivors and safety for society. I’m proud to stand with Natasha Alexenko and ensure that all sexual assault kits are tested, that there will never be a backlog of untested kits and that survivors are empowered.” –Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney, Oakland, California
“This is compelling, well-written, and exactly the type of candor that makes Natasha Alexenko an incredible advocate.” –Rebecca O’Connor, Vice President for Public Policy, Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), Washington, D.C.