In newspaper coverage, rape victims usually remain anonymous. But one woman, a Plain Dealer reporter, has gone public with her story.
Kudos to the Cleveland Plain Dealer and its editor, Susan Goldberg, for the paper’s outstanding 16-page special section on reporter Joanna Connors’ story, “Beyond Rape: A Survivor’s Journey ,” published Sunday, May 4.
The section includes the story of Connors’ 1984 rape and its after effects. It also includes facts about rape and details about where to find help.
Here’s how Connors’ story begins:
“I am Joanna Connors, and I am telling the story I kept private for 23 years. I’m doing it for all of the others who have survived sexual assault in silence, ashamed and afraid to tell their stories.”