"One of Us" is on Amazon!!

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"In its poignant retelling of an all-too-familiar story in exotic jurisdictions, One of Us demolishes societal assumptions about rape, sex, virtue, honor, and even friendship. It shreds our false notions of white or black, of virgin or slut, of safe or asking for it, of consensual sex or 'legitimate rape.' As individuals, we kid ourselves into thinking that if we take enough precautions, we will be safe in an unsafe world. In her journey from not being able to 'think straight enough to verbalize it cohesively' to writing this book, Sandi Giver forces us to realize the uncomfortable reality: that an edifice that produces rapists needs restructuring."-- Bethany Quinn

Good day friend! I wrote One of Us and I am excited about how close I am with sharing this story with others!

Below is a short video about One of Us and challenges I faced while seeking legal justice:

Peace Corps Writers sent an email on Oct 27 saying they were "happy to accept One of Us as a Peace Corps Writers book. Your writing is strong and your story an important one."

Friends have asked how they can support the project (Thank you!!).  I'm not one to typically ask for help- between work, grad school, and the book, my energy and finances are a bit stretched.

Here's where you can help!
The book is currently in the copy-edit phase and then it will go to a graphic designer for formatting.  I have been given rough estimates and the costs should be around $3000. The $2500 goal on here will help offset the costs. The copy-editor has done a first run through and so far I've paid around $1800. **

Short description from oneofusmovement.com :

"One of Us: Sex, Violence, Injustice. Resilience, Love, Hope.
With this autobiographical narrative of the military judicial system experience as a civilian victim of sexual assault, Sandi Giver has vividly brought to light the challenges of seeking legal justice when all odds are against the victim. Giver takes the reader from the night of the assault in Uganda as a Peace Corps Volunteer to a Norfolk, Virginia, courtroom recounting intimate details to help protect others from a sexual predator. At a time where Peace Corps was under scrutiny for not supporting victims of sexual assault and the military for not keeping alleged perpetrators accountable, this case was the perfect storm."

*Students at my partnership school during Peace Corps. Students were formerly abducted child soldiers and sex slaves of the Lord's Resistance Army.

Publishing One of Us means a lot to me.  I have spent my life serving the marginalized and sexually exploited populations here in the states and overseas. From my experience, I feel like sometimes we can be dismissive of what we don't understand or overlook issues if it isn't personally relevant. 

*Sexual Assault Awareness Month prep and events

With publishing One of Us, I hope to shed light on how sexual assault impacts those around us, our loved ones.  With my personal narrative, I am also sharing the challenging reality that I as a victim lived through to seek legal justice.  In my daily life I am doing what I can through genuine conversations to bring about social change where we do not tolerate sexual assault.  I was the first civilian invited to speak one-on-one with General Patton of SAPRO to discuss my experience going through the military legal system and they put into place some of my recommendations.  Change is slowly happening. The book is one more tangible way I want to contribute to this change.  If you want to know more, just ask.  

Thank you sooooo much for your support!  

Website: oneofusmovement.com
LinkedIn: Sandi Giver
Instagram: @oneofusmovement
Facebook: One of Us Movement

**Anything extra will go towards:
1. Other book publishing costs
2. Signed copies shipped to those who have helped financially support the project
3. Book launch party to celebrate
4. Grad school so I can learn all of the skills and be that more effective in serving others.
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Update 9
Posted by Sandi Giver
25 months ago
Good day, One of Us team!

How exciting is this! Rather than a computer screen, a printed copy in a binder, a first formatted copy printed and folded in half to mimic a book, I can now hold the first proof of One of Us... and it feels so good.

When I hold this in my hands, I am reminded of the individuals who held me during difficult times. They accepted the fact that I had to remove myself when needed and sat in the pain with me at other times. This book is a reminder of the individuals who supported me when I felt violated by the legal system. A reminder of the individuals who stood by me when a newspaper article was more concerned about selling a story than reporting on a rape case with journalistic integrity. I am reminded of the hatred some individuals decided to show towards me in the comments yet I am also reminded of the individuals who thanked me for sharing or reached out to share their own stories with me.

When I hold One of Us in my hands, I am reminded that this book was never simply about me but rather shedding light on the injustices that many of us have experienced.

When I look at the words, the formatting, the piece of beautiful art this book truly is, I am thankful for the individuals who have volunteered their time and skills to help One of Us come to fruition. I am thankful for friends who read the manuscript and pointed out pieces that needed clarified so that the events and concepts were easier to understand. I am thankful for the graphic designers, copy-editors, media specialists, cartographer, and entrepreneurs who patiently worked with this project.

When I look at One of Us, I am amazed at all of the hard work that has lovingly been put into making this story come to life.

Writing a book was a learning experience and so has the publishing process. Right now, we are waiting on the manuescript with adjusted margins to be approved and then we will request another proof. We are so very close to making One of Us publicly available on Amazon. I am ecstatic thinking about making a bulk order soon and having a celebratory book launch party!

If you are in the DC area, I want you to come! If you are outside the DC area and helped financially support One of Us, send your address to info@oneofusmovement.com and I'll send you a signed copy. Thank you again!!

For this blog post from the website, visit, http://bit.ly/OneofUsfirstproof
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Update 8
Posted by Sandi Giver
29 months ago
Dear friends and supporters of One of Us,

We've surpassed our goal of $2500!! I was in shock with all of the notifications that people were supporting One of Us! I'm so grateful for each and every person who has come together for this cause. I truly believe that right now is an exciting time in society when it comes to sexual assault awareness, supporting victims, and changing systems.

I shared the One of Us manuscript with the graphic designer to look it over. After a little chatting about life, work, the storm in Indiana, "Also, man. Got sucked in to the first chapter of the transcript today. Ugh."

One of Us is heavy. It's also a reality check of the complications and challenges of sexual assault and legal justice. I know I wouldn't have made it through the legal system without the love and support from key people. Hopefully, One of Us can be used as an insiders look into the system and as a way for people to become more educated on different issues.

Once again, thank you! I am hoping to have a book launch in November- I hope to see you there!!
We did it!
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Update 7
Posted by Sandi Giver
29 months ago
Somehow within the last 24 hours, we've gone from $1800 to $2300 for One of Us! Sarah, the CopyEditor, and I had a great meeting last night concluding with the hand off of the manuscript. Tonight I was able to pay for all of the hours of detailed work so far! Nervous yet very excited for the next couple of months!

Thank you everyone for your support!!

Off to the next phase...
We are one book publishing phase closer!
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Update 6
Posted by Sandi Giver
29 months ago
Thank you, Sarah, for the copyediting of One of Us!!! You have a keen eye for the small details, tremendously strengthening the writing.

Thank you to everyone who has financially supported One of Us!! We are in the final stretch!
Sarah, the amazing Copyeditor
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29 months ago
Ben Johnson
29 months ago

If you were a shark, you'd be a chomp's chomp

Vasu Abhiraman
29 months ago

Sandi you're a champ's champ

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29 months ago

All the best Sandi!

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29 months ago

<3 get some, girl.

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29 months ago

Good luck, Sandi! I look forward to reading the book.

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