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Paperback | £9.99 | 02 February 2023

ISBN:  9781914451157

Also available in ebook and audio

We Need to Talk

Emily Hunt

'As inspiring as it is enraging, Emily Hunt turns trauma into action, exposing a criminal justice system that fails women, and a culture that enables violence against us. A rallying call for change, and a powerful lesson in perseverance from a woman who would not give up.' 

The Guardian

The truth about sexual violence and my fight for justice

Emily was in a restaurant, having lunch with her father – the next thing she remembers is waking up, naked, in a strange hotel room, next to a man she did not know. She suspected she had been drugged and raped. She later found out she had been filmed without her consent.

What happened to her that night could have happened to anyone. What came next happens to far too many victims, as failures by the police, CPS and other parts of the system, led to Emily doubting she would ever find justice. 

Six years after her attack, Emily is an adviser to the UK Government on sexual violence. Part memoir and part investigation, Emily shines a light on the fault lines of a system and a society that is failing rape victims. We Need To Talk looks at how rape is a mainstream, everyday problem deeply damaging victims, their families, their workplaces and the economy.  

This is a conversation starter about why we don’t talk about rape; that the only cause of rape is rapists, not rape victims; who commits rape and why; the reasons why society defaults to blaming the victim; and ultimately how we need to change and humanise the way we talk about rape in order to truly hear and support victims and end the current epidemic of sexual violence.

About the Author

Emily Hunt is a data storyteller and senior advisor on behaviour-led strategy, communications and brand. She is an American British citizen, a single mother, lives in London and last but by no means least, she is a law changer. In her role as an expert adviser to the government she provides specialist advice on improving the criminal justice system for rape victims. Her ongoing work will primarily focus on ensuring that the Government’s end-to-end rape review effectively focuses on delivering real impacts within the criminal justice system.

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