Liz Seccuro

Rape survivor to speak as part of Viking Speaker Series – Wed., April 17, at noon

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, Liz Seccuro will be the featured speaker on Wed., April 17, at noon in the Nora Hagen Theatre on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College.

The title of her talk is: “Keeping Our Campus Safe for One and All.” The talk is part of the Viking Speaker Series and is free and open to the public.

As a freshman at the University of Virginia in 1984, Liz Seccuro was gang raped by several perpetrators at a fraternity house. She received little assistance from the university, ambivalent reactions from friends and family and a condescending rebuke from local law enforcement officials. In turn, she returned to her life devoid of justice, vindication and support, finding in adulthood a propensity for alcoholism, promiscuity and self-abuse.

Following years of struggling to reckon with her assault, she became a victims’ rights advocate, helping others make peace and find justice in their own experiences with gender violence.

Seccuro’s world was rocked anew in September, 2005, by an apology letter sent by one of her perpetrators, re-opening the old wounds of her traumatic assault and implicating one of her attackers. She begin a lengthy email correspondence with her rapist to try and get a sense of what happened that night in 1984. In the process, she brought him to justice, resulting in her best-selling memoir, “Crash Into Me: A Survivor’s Search for Justice,” published in 2011.

A limited number of her books will be at the event for sale, and she will be available following the talk for a book signing.

Glen Oaks Community College is located at 62249 Shimmel Rd., in Centreville, Michigan.  Parking is free.