Long before the #MeToo movement, Rachel Thompson started sharing what it was like to grow up and live with the constant trauma of childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and other sexual crimes in her award-winning memoirs, Broken Pieces and Broken Places.
Broken People is the third book in this series, where she continues to explore, through hard-hitting essays and lyrical poetry, the difficulties and joys of navigating relationships, healing, and love in an environment not always conducive to survivors.
If you’re a survivor or know one, you need this book.
I write what scares me. I tell uncomfortable truths.
I want other survivors of rape and sexual assault to know
they’re not alone.
I’ll be the voice.
I am the voice.
Healing is possible. Every survivor must find their own healing path.
This is mine.
Broken People is a book of courage, resilience, and overcoming challenges Rachel faced as a survivor. Through her three books Broken Pieces, Broken Places, and Broken People, Rachel has courageously shared her truth and the journey of her life. It’s not all rosy and pretty and that’s the beauty of these books. They represent the truth of a survivor, a mother, an empowered person who was made to believe she has no charge in her life but challenged that, and emerged on the other side. These books have not only allowed her to openly share her experiences, they also provide hope, guidance, and a way forward for girls and women who feel they have no hope left in them.
Dr. Shruti Kapoor, Founder, Sayfty Trust
This third book in her Broken series, Broken People is both heart-wrenching in its honesty, and hope-filled in its commitment to recovery. Through her beautiful, gently scribed work, Rachel shows the destruction that sexual abuse causes, and also the hope and strength that is conceived in the healing process. She speaks to you, the reader, like a warm friend who is by your side. For survivors, Rachel’s voice is that of a wise older sister, looking out for you and comforting you when you feel alone with all the carnage that sexual trauma can leave in its wake.
Judith Staff, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Provision for Early Years, United Kingdom
Reviews for the Book
In "Broken People" the third volume of her Broken series, author Rachel Thompson recounts her experiences as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and the journey of her life to healing and recovery. The book is divided into four sections named after each of the elements: Fire, Earth, Air, Wind. Within each section, Thompson alternates between describing how she navigates life with the weight of her trauma, the way it affects both her romantic and platonic relationships as well as her role as a mother. The many poems throughout the memoir are best described as lyrical and raw, Thompson explores her feelings of anger, sadness, frustration, and resilience. I found the author's poetry very moving and it is one of my favorite parts of the book. In sharing her story, Thompson explains how she strives to give a voice to the countless survivors of rape and sexual abuse. This is a powerful and moving read that will resound with fellow survivors and will help their loved ones have a better understanding of their trauma. - Laura M VINE VOICE
About the Author: Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson is the author of eight books: Broken People, just released in September 2021; Broken Places (2017 Journey Book Awards for Narrative Non-Fiction First in Category Winner and a 5-Star Readers Favorite Winner); the multi-award-winning and bestselling Broken Pieces; the multi-award-winning BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge, The BadRedhead Media SEO Guide for Authors, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed.
She’s also currently finishing up the next BadRedhead Media book, the 30-Day Twitter Challenge, and several other guides for writers.
Rachel founded BadRedhead Media in 2011, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, IndieReader, FeminineCollective, BookMachine, BookWorks, and is a popular writer on several top publications on Medium.
Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the blog-sharing hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs, the weekly live Twitter Space #SexAbuseChat, (Tuesdays, 11 am pst), and #BookMarketingChat (Wednesdays 11 am pst) to help writers learn how to market their work.
She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. A single mom, Rachel lives in California (with her two kids and two cats) where she daydreams about Thor. And sleep.
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