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The Feministing Five: Samantha Geimer

“Mostly, I just wanted you to know that you are not alone.” So writes Samantha Geimer to the Steubenville “Jane Doe” in the concluding pages of her book, The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski. Geimer continues, “As this fades away to a memory of longer and longer ago, you are not alone. We are survivors, we are many, we are strong.” Geimer’s The Girlrecounts her girlhood, adolescence, and young adulthood as the person caught in the international media firestorm of the 1977 Roman Polanski rape case. Driven in 2009 to reclaim her own narrative and her own truth from decades of intrusive reporting, Samantha explains how her journey towards justice was grossly distorted by an inadequate legal system and sensationalist media.

By refusing to solely focus on that infamous day in 1977, Samantha directs readers to contextualize that story within her personal life and  changes in national culture. We are welcomed to meet more than just “The Girl.”

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