Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls
Carrie Goldberg, PLUME - Penguin Random House, Self-help
From the very first words in “Nobody’s Victim,” Carrie Goldberg makes it clear that she will take no prisoners when it comes to advocating on behalf of anyone who has fallen prey to cyber-bullying by sexual predators. For example, in the chapter, Girls’ Lives Matter, with commentary by Me Too Movement founder, Tarana Burke, Goldberg centers herself as a woman who understands the value of listening to the most vulnerable among victims: black and brown girls.
She states, “Vanessa was only thirteen years old, so I opened with a few tween-friendly questions to get [sic] help her feel more at ease.”
Goldberg demonstrates in nine chapters that her own personal experience as a victim of cyber abuse, coupled with empathy for others as she journeyed through her healing process, opened the way to becoming a great student and an even better teacher.
Focused on telling the heartbreaking stories of others, Goldberg’s writing ensures that the reader can imagine each individual, and that each person is seen, heard, and felt, by those similarly victimized. At times, however, her own struggles and triumphs as a victim and an entrepreneur come across as a slight interruption of the writing flow, and perhaps a teeny bit self-serving.
“Nobody’s Victim” is an important and timely work, featuring an excellent appendix resource guide with a myriad of recommendations from which readers can choose how to become an ally. The entire text pushes the envelope as a blueprint for the work still ahead. Well done.
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