Speak2Heal Episode 8 with Neesha Arter: Rape & Eating Disorders

March 31, 2016

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.

Neesha is a journalist, author and speaker who currently resides in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times: Women In The WorldThe Daily Beast, the New York Observer, New York Magazine, Interview, Teen Vogue and others.  Neesha is also an advocate, appearing in the UN’s He for She Campaign, End Rape on CampusNewsweek, The U.S. Office on Women’s Health, Huffington Post and more, sharing her story to promote sexual assault and eating disorder awareness.

Find out more about Neesha: https://www.facebook.com/neesha.arter/

Listen as I share my story of being raped in the modeling industry with Real Women Real Storieshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRiWs_pVgWg
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