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Please join Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner for her monthly dean’s book review. The book to be reviewed will be, Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal In Sexual Assaults by Amos N. Guiora. This book was selected because August is Bystander Awareness Month.
The book is based on personal interviews with numerous survivors and their attorneys, thousands of pages of Grand Jury indictments, civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions, special reports, and media accounts. Focusing on cases of sexual assault from USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, Penn State University, The Ohio State University, and the Catholic Church, interview after interview sheds compelling light on the question, What do sexual assault survivors expect of the enabler-bystander?
With emotions ranging from deep disappointment to seething anger and extreme frustration, all articulate profound abandonment by the person in a position to assist them in the face of sexual assaults. Guiora proposes legal, cultural, and social measures aimed at the enabler from the survivor’s perspective. The proposed changes will address, and impact, both broader society and specific communities including higher education, elite athletics, sports organizations, religious institutions, law enforcement, the entertainment industry, and elected officials.
Clearly the perpetrator benefitted from the complicity of the enabler. From the survivor’s perspective, both bear responsibility for their plight and must be held accountable. This book emphasizes individual and institutional enablers alike; in fact, armies of enablers.
Guiora is committed to sharing survivor stories and to propel change, which is essential to protect future survivors. Only by hearing their stories do we fully understand the power of the enabler and the pain they cause the survivor.
Their voices must propel us to change.
The release date for this book is September 1, 2020.
Amos N. Guiora, Professor of Law, SJQ College of Law
Sarah Shiley, Survivor
Scott Allen, 3L Student, SJQ College of Law
Stephen Snyder-Hill MS, RDN, LD, retired Major (US Army)