To Hell and Back The Life of Samira Bellil

ISBN-10: 0803213565
ISBN-13: 9780803213562
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Every now and then violence erupts in thebanlieuesof France allowing the world a glimpse into the grimmest corners of these multiethnic suburban ghettos. From such a corner comes the story of Samira Bellil, who by raising her voice and telling her tale broke the 0;code of silence1; imposed by many in her immigrant community and the willful ignorance of society at large. In this book, Bellil describes her life in the Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis. The child of Algerian parents, she was fostered by a Belgian family until the age of five while her father was in prison. Bellil returned to a violent home and grew up to rebel against an increasingly repressive environment. Gang-raped at fourteen and then raped again some years later, she maintained her silence until she discovered that two friends had shared her fate at the hands of the same gang. Against the threat of reprisals, Bellil decided to pursue her attackers through the French legal system, earning the rejection of her family and the indifference of her lawyers and the media.To Hell and Backrelates her struggle to recover, to create a new culture of support and compassion, and to offer hope to others who suffer in silence. Painful and disturbing, Bellil's tale helped inspire a national debate on women's rights and the multicultural image of France today.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Jaid and K.
Alone
K.
"Cellar Sluts"
Two Families
The Charge
Mathieu
Runaways
The Grind
Shelter
Algeria
I remember ...
Confrontation
That Damn Bag!
Hell-bent
Saint-Denis
My "Trial" ...
The Fight
Grilled
Insaf, Barry ...
Therapy
Let's ... Drop It
"First, I Want to Thank the Honorable Judge ..."
Epilogue: My Book
Postface to the First Edition
Postface to the Second Edition

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