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Sohaila Abdulali travels the world sharing her story of inner strength, honor, and what it means to be a survivor. At the age of 17, Abdulali was sexually assaulted in Bombay while walking with a friend.
Drawing from her experiences overcoming inconceivable trauma, Abdulali inspires audiences to reconsider the way we approach discourse about sexual assault. Her focus is to raise awareness in all men and women on the meaning of consent and to change the culture in preparing future generations.
A seasoned journalist, Abdulali is the author of the bestselling novels The Madwoman of Jogare and Year of the Tiger. Her 2018 book What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape was designated one of Publisher Weekly’s “Best Books of 2018”. A graduate of both Brandeis and Stanford Universities, Abdulali shares her unique insights on how to best address the issue of sexual assault on college campuses across the nation.
In addition to her work spreading her message of positivity and resilience to survivors, Sohaila is the former coordinator of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, an organization dedicated to providing resources, advocacy, and education. She has won two Ford Foundation grants. The first award was for researching, producing, and distributing children’s books on women’s health in India which were later translated and sold in four languages, and the second for her groundbreaking book on the aboriginal people of Western India titled Bye Bye Mati: A Memoir in a Monsoon Landscape.
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