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The Forgotten Survivors of Gun Violence

  • Available for pre-order on May 11, 2023. Item will ship after June 1, 2023
ISBN 9781032436234
June 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
120 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Nearly 40,000 people die from gun violence in the US every year. This uniquely American crisis leaves no community untouched—but it doesn’t have to be this way (Giffords).

The Forgotten Survivors of Gun Violence collects more than 20 personal essays of survivors’ visible and invisible wounds from school shootings, attempted suicide by firearm, mass shootings, gang, and domestic violence. Their stories remind us that these traumatic experiences are not exclusive to combat soldiers but, more notably, suffered by ordinary people during modern life. With this collection, editors Sandy Phillips, Lonnie Phillips, Loren Kleinman, and Shavuan Scott expose the true lifecycle of a bullet and the trauma left in its wake. Through personal narratives and select personal photos, the wounded tell a story that’s forgotten when the cameras go away. This collection interests first responders, officers, therapists, medical practitioners, and educators.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Armed Assault

Chapter 2: Armed Intruder

Chapter 3: Armed Robbery

Chapter 4: Domestic Violence

Chapter 5: Hate Crime

Chapter 6: Mass Shooting

Chapter 7: Random Open Fire

Chapter 8: School Shootings

Chapter 9: Resources for Shooting Survivors and Helpers

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Loren Kleinman's coverage of gun violence appeared in the Independent, New York Magazine (The Cut), The Rumpus, The New York Daily News, and more. She is the co-editor of If I Don’t Make It: I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings (2019). She is the editor of the anthology Indie Authors Naked and the co-edited collection with Amye Archer My Body, My Words, which Bustle named one of the "11 New Feminist Books That Could Totally Change Your Year." Her short film, Suffering Is the Easy Part, directed and produced by Jaime Ekkens, is distributed by Seed&Spark and Docademia.

Shavaun Scott has been a psychotherapist and writer since 1991 and has worked with thousands of clients who have been victims or perpetrators of violence. She is particularly interested in trauma recovery and violence prevention and enjoys sharing stories of uncommon bravery and unconventional paths. She practices in both Oregon and California.

Sandy Phillips and Lonnie Phillips founded the organization Survivors Empowered after the slaughter of their daughter, Jessica Redfield Ghawi, and eleven others in the Aurora Colorado Theater Mass Shooting in 2012. Their original non-profit, Jessi’s Message, has grown into Survivors Empowered - a national organization created By Survivors, For Survivors, Empowering Survivors. Sandy and Lonnie’s story appeared in the documentary Under The Gun by Katie Couric and was featured in Lisa Ling’s This is Life on CNN. They’ve also been highlighted by media such as This American Life, Anderson Cooper, 60 Minutes, and more.