How far would you go to tell a story?


“A book of heart stopping, beautifully rendered stories of survivors powerfully illustrating the notion that when we tell our stories, we change the story.”
—Eve Ensler,
author of In the Body of the World

In these pages you’ll meet a community of rape and sexual violence survivors who have been shaped, but refuse to be defined, by their histories of violence. They are brave, and they are outspoken — but, mostly, they are hopeful.

From its insistently resolute opening essay to its final, deeply moving story, Lived Through This is a book that defies conventional wisdom about life in the wake of sexual violence, while putting names and faces on an issue that too often leaves its victims silent and invisible.

Part personal history of Anne Ream’s own experience rebuilding her life after violence, part memoir of a multi-country, multi-year journey spent listening to survivors, Lived Through This is at once deeply personal and resolutely political. In these pages we are introduced to, among others, the women of Atenco, Mexico, victims of rape and political torture who are speaking out about gender-based violence in Latin America; Beth Adubato, a woman who was raped by a popular athlete and then denied justice when her college failed to fully investigate the attack; and Jenny and Steve Bush, a rape survivor and her father who are working together to share Jenny’s testimony of surviving rape at the hands of a veteran in order to alter the US military’s response to sexual violence committed by those in its ranks.

Writing with compassion, candor, and, at times, even much-needed humor, Ream brings us a series of stories and essays that are as insistent as they are incisive. Considered individually, her profiles are profoundly moving, and even inspiring. Considered collectively, they are a window into a world where sexual violence is more commonplace than most of us imagine.

The accomplished and courageous women and men profiled in Lived Through This are, in the words of the author, “living reminders of all that remains possible in the wake of the terrible.”

A broadcast special edition of The Feminist Lens—the groundbreaking WFMT radio program – features work by a list of writers and artists that includes Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynne Nottage, V-Day Founder Eve Ensler, and Voices and Faces Project Founder Anne K. Ream, reading "Lucky Star," an excerpt from her forthcoming book.

Listen to the program
  • Lived Through This Book
    Second Edition of Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors.
Steve Edwards
    Steve Edwards moderated our panel discussion!
Steve Edwards
    Steve Edwards, Patricia Evans and Anne K. Ream in discussion.
  • Anne
    Anne at the close of the talk
  • Julie Bergener
    Event Chair Julie Burgener
  • Nest
    Nest Furniture graciously donated the venue for the event.
  • Ream-Evans
    Anne K. Ream and Patricia Evans signing books.
  • Reading Lived Through This.
  • Anne Signing
    Anne signing the 50th book of the night!
  • Evans
    Done signing books & ready to enjoy the party.
  • Debbie Kelly
    Anne and Debbie Kelly.
  • New City
    New City publisher Brian Hieggelke in conversation with Bruce Sagan.
  • Dee Lee
    Voices and Faces Project long time supporter Dee Lee.
  • Jennifer Severns
    BoomGirl’s Jennifer Severns (center).
  • The Lively
    Enjoying “The Lively” our signature cocktail.
  • Donna Warren
    Donna Warren, having fun.
  • Narimon Safavi
    Chicago Public Radio’s Narimon Safavi.
  • Pellis Law Group
    Pellis Law Group co-sponsored our event!
  • Millennials
    Millennials love The Voices and Faces Project.
  • Geroge Greenfield
    “Lived Through This” literary agent George Greenfield.
  • Christa Desir
    Voices and Faces Project board president Christa Desir.
  • Jones, Severns, Roadcup
    Matthew Adam Jones, Jennifer Severns and Heshima Kenya’s Alisa Roadcup.
  • Shifra Harris
    Longtime supporter Shifra Harris.
  • Jessica Brown
    Heshima Kenya’s Jessica Brown (center) and friends.
  • Sarah Sullivan
    Threads of Compassion founder Sarah Sullivan.
  • People
    Great people + great conversation= the perfect night.
  • Luker
    Long time Voices and Faces supporters Joe & Melva Luker.
  • Hanson, Canaff, Roadcup
    Donner Foundation Trustee Stephanie Hanson, Roger Canaff and Alisa Roadcup.
  • Hanson, Melva
    Stephanie Hanson and Melva Luker.
  • Michael Guarino
    Nest Furniture owner Michael Guarino (left) with friends.
  • Jamie Kalven
    Jamie Kalven making his point.
  • Janet Goldblatt, Cami Di Mauri, Katie Fife
    Voices and Faces Project team members Janet Goldblatt, Cami Di Mauri and Katie Fifer.
  • Lora Engdohl
    Supporter Lora Engdohl (center) flew in from Washington D.C for our event.
  • Heidi Stevens-Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens ( Back ) and a guest
  • Mathew Adam Jones
    Matthew Adam Jones
  • Lonesome Still
    Lonesome Still did a great, late night country set.
  • Lonesome Still
    More country music from our favorite band.
  • Tom Grosspietsch
    Voices and Faces Project Art Director Tom Grosspietsch hits the dance floor.
  • sponsors
    Thank You for Your Generous Support!

Celebrating a second printing. Engaging in an impassioned discussion: The Lived Through This book party.

At The Voices and Faces Project, we love a good conversation and a meaningful celebration. So on November 15th, 2014, Steve Edwards, Executive Director of The University of Chicago Institute of Politics, joined Lived Through This author Anne K. Ream and photographer Patricia Evans to discuss the multi-year, multi-country journey that led to Lived Through This, their critically praised book of narrative and photographic profiles of survivors of gender-related violence. Post-discussion, guests headed to Nest at 900 N. Michigan Ave., where they enjoyed a dessert buffet, custom-curated drinks, and a late night performance by alt country band Lonesome Still.

Hear Steve Edwards, Patricia Evans and Anne K. Ream in discussion

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