Book Break: "I Am Catherine Jane: The True Story of One Woman’s Quest for Justice" by Catherine Jane Fisher
An account of her rape by a U.S. serviceman and her subsequent quest for justice.
Catherine Fisher will introduce her new book I Am Catherine Jane: The True Story of One Woman’s Quest for Justice which tells her personal story over the last twelve years.
Catherine Jane Fisher is an artist, lecturer, and a tireless advocate for victims of rape. As an Australian living in Japan, she is particularly concerned with the number of rapes against civilians that are being committed by U.S. military personnel.
In her book I Am Catherine Jane: The True Story of One Woman's Quest for Justice she recounts her own rape by a U.S. serviceman and her subsequent quest for justice. This is a story of heartbreak, despair and sadness, but also a book full of determination, resilience, healing, and ultimately triumph.
If you ever wondered why so many victims choose not to report rape or why so many people prefer to put the blame for crime on its victims, then you should read this book. Catherine's story will stop you in your tracks as you ponder how this could happen to an innocent person. Michael O’Connell, APM, Commissioner for Victims' Rights.
"...Catherine Jane Fisher emerges finally as an authentic woman who refused to play the game of smiling subservience so common in Japan, who refused to be cowed by those in power — a vulnerable person who refused to be defeated by her own vulnerability. I owe her immeasurably, and so do you. Buy this book." - Japan Times, July 15, 2014.
The library committee is offering a cocktail party - "Meet the Author" - starting at 6:15 pm. Followed by dinner at 6:45pm (Menu: to be decided). Drinks can be ordered on a cash basis from the bar in the room. Book Break charges 2,100 yen (including tax) for the event. Non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash.
Sign up now at the reception desk (03-3211-3161) or on the FCCJ website. To help us plan proper seating and food preparation, please reserve in advance, preferably by noon of the day of the event. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. Reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.
(The talk will be in English)