Obviously it wasn’t Susan Brison who wrote this letter, but she endorsed it, which is cool, and adds to all the other cool things she has done.
For those who don’t know, she’s the Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dartmouth and wrote a really amazing book called Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self. I only have to (get to) read one chapter of this for exams, but it’s well worth a read if you’re interested at all in trauma studies.
Specifically, Brison uses her own experience being raped and then almost murdered as a jumping off point to address some problems in traditional philosophical thought. In this chapter, she addresses the way traumatic events fracture the self, then uses these new conceptions of the self to propose ways in which survivors of trauma can begin the healing process.