During Episode Eight I sat down with Neesha Arter, author of Controlled, an explosive memoir published in August 2015 by Heliotrope Books. Controlled details a year of her life that followed a harrowing crime. When she was fourteen years old, she was sexually assaulted by people she had no reason to mistrust. She tried, subsequently, to reconcile feelings of guilt and shame by searching for a means of control. In a whirlwind of legal proceedings, family conflicts, and loss of identity, Arter succumbed to anorexia as the only way to find her childhood self in an unraveling world. Ten years later, she is able to look back with healing insight about the importance of speaking uncomfortable truths.
March 31, 2016
Neesha is a journalist, author and speaker who currently resides in New York City.