I Choose Elena

I Choose Elena

Aged fifteen and on track to be an Olympic gymnast, Lucia Osborne-Crowley was violently raped on a night out. The injuries she sustained that evening ended her gymnastics career, and eventually manifested in life-long chronic illnesses, which medical professionals now believe can be caused by untreated trauma.In a brilliantly researched and deeply affecting essay, Osborne-...

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Title:I Choose Elena
Author:Lucia Osborne-Crowley
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I Choose Elena Reviews

  • Lorraine Walsh
    Exquisite. A powerful, moving insight into an incredible personal journey that also highlights the experiences of many other women. It is thoroughly researched, bringing together important learnings about trauma (particularly in relation to sexual assault) across medical, legal and social fields in ...
  • Sheree | Keeping Up With The Penguins
    Every book lover I know, at some time or another, has sought solace in a book. I Choose Elena, a long-form literary essay from Lucia Osborne-Crowley, explores that impulse at its very extreme. For over a decade, Osborne-Crowley suffered horrific, debilitating symptoms stemming back to a sexual assau...
  • Theresa Smith
    ‘By far the most dangerous element of my assault was the fact that I lived in a world where it was unspeakable. I knew, as soon as it happened, without ever being told, that I must say nothing. Indignity is painful but silence is a prison.’I Choose Elena is one of the most honest and heart...
  • Charlott
    4,5"By far the most dangerous element of my assault was the fact that I lived in a world where it was unspeakable. I knew, as soon, as it happened, without ever being told, that I must say nothing. Indignity is painful but silence is a prison."At fifteen Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a successful g...
  • Michael Livingston
    A powerful essay about trauma, violence, illness and recovery. Osborne-Crowley's story is a truly horrific one - sexually assaulted as a teenager, followed by years of poorly-treated pain and chronic illness, culminating in something resembling recovery, via the bravery to confront her traumas direc...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com‘We wilt under the predatory gaze of men who turn us into objects for public consumption. We become so conspicuous in this light that we start to think it is all we are. In this light, we wish to be invisible. In this light, we dream we will disappear.?...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    An incredibly powerful memoir that explores predation, grooming, sexual assault and trauma, shame, women and chronic illness, the relationship between sexual violence and chronic illnesses and how the body holds trauma. It’s a slight book and I’m amazed that Osborne-Crowley covered so much...
  • Emily (em_isreading)
    Osbourne-Crowley has packed an almost unmanageable amount of emotion, trauma and investigative work into such a slim volume. I Choose Elena is a powerful and deeply personal essay about trauma and violence and how untreated traumatic events can lead to chronic physical pain and illness. The road to ...

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