Posted here on October 13, 2009
Edited by Linda Goyette
1-897142-11-0 / 978-1-897142-11-0
$24.95 C | $19.95 US
6 × 9 pb, 220 pages
Standing Together is a powerful expression of women’s collective and individual strength. It is a collection of personal stories from women who have suffered the horrors of violence and abuse and have made the hardest decision: to stand up, to choose life, to take control, to walk away from the darkness.
~ afterword by Jan Reimer, executive director of the Association of Women’s Shelters of Alberta
Honorary patron: The Hon. Lois Hole, late Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
“Seldom have I read a work of either fiction or non-fiction that affected me as strongly as Standing Together . . . [It] is many things: a plea and a cry for help, an awareness campaign about violence and, most important, a testimonial that offers hope to all women in abusive situations.” — St. Albert Gazette
The disturbing, compelling, and inspiring stories in Standing Together were written by women of all ages, professions, and ethnicities, from rural and urban areas and all social backgrounds; they could be women you know. They tell of abuse at the hands of husbands, boyfriends and partners, fathers and strangers. They tell of deciding to seek help, leaving a life of fear for one of hope. They tell of the family, friends, and strangers that helped them rebuild their lives. Taken together, they form a greater story of hope and inspiration: You are not alone. You can make a change. You can survive this, get through the pain, and build a new life. You have the strength; we have the strength when we stand together.
Standing Together is divided into the following chapters:
I am someone you know
Let me tell you how bad it was
Why I didn’t leave
The turning point
How we help one another
Daughters, mothers and grandmothers
Where I am now
Proceeds from sales of Standing Together will benefit the Association of Women’s Shelters of Alberta.
To those who tried to break me:
To those who never left my side:
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