Jane Doe January
By: Emily Winslow
A raw and emotional twenty-two year journey by one woman to seek her rapist behind bars, Jane Doe January is a candid memoir intensely written by Emily Winslow. Now an author living in England, Emily Winslow was once a drama student at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. When this book landed on my desk I braced myself, because I knew that it was going to be a journey through pain, to healing, and all in a place that I know very well. You see, I went to high school down the street from the university. All of the street names and places are familiar to me. What is not familiar to me, is Emily’s experience. Her book, her memoir, is a thoughtful recounting of her experience from rape to justice.
Its not an easy read – but that is due to the heart tugging content. But there is beauty in these pages. I’m glad that Emily Winslow had the strength and courage to share her story with us. If only more people had a true look into the life after rape, maybe we as a nation would treat them differently, better. There are many layers to this story, and Emily’s words are the only ones that can do them justice. I’ll let you read them for yourself. I wish this book was read by more young men and women about to attend or attending college. It would even make a good addition to curriculum in certain classes. If you are interested in a good book, a raw book, an emotional journey, pick up Jane Doe January by Emily Winslow.