Written post-#MeToo, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohaila Abdulali is a brave, honest, empowering—and ultimately hopeful—examination of sexual assault from the perspective of a rape survivor and counsellor.

Drawn from Abdulali’s own experience and her work with hundreds of survivors, the book challenges misconceptions and prejudices to examine why rape continues to be so prevalent and often so casually excused. In conversation with Abdulali is Bob Balfour, founder of Survivors West Yorkshire, and Katie Russell, Rape Crisis spokeswoman and co-founding trustee of Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds.

About The Speakers

Katie Russell

Katie Russell is the part-time Media Relations Co-ordinator for Rape Crisis England & Wales, a co-founding Trustee of Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL), and a freelance writer. She has worked, volunteered and campaigned within and for the Rape Crisis movement for the last 15 years.

Bob Balfour

Bob Balfour is a survivor of CSA and Looked After Care. He is a paid Honorary Teacher-Supervisor at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Clinical Psychology. He is currently pioneering a new counselling service using a digital strategy to support male survivors of sexual violence as CEO of Survivors West Yorkshire.

Sohaila Abdulali

Sohaila Abdulali was born in Mumbai and lives in New York with her family. Sohaila’s writing has been published in India, the US, England, South Africa and Canada. She is a founding board member of Point of View, a women’s media group in Mumbai. She continues to write and publish both fiction and non-fiction.

About The Host

Tasneem Chopra

Tasneem Chopra is a Cross-cultural Consultant, Board Director and Anti-Racism Champion for the Australian Human Rights Commission. A published author, Tasneem has featured in The Times, The Australian as well as BBC’s IQ2 Debates (she won!), whilst being a regular commentator in Australia for ABC’s The Drum and Radio Melbourne’s News Therapy.