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The triumphant story of a woman who refused to be a victim. After an enjoyable evening with friends in her hometown of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Alison was kidnapped at knifepoint by two men. They raped her, stabbed her so many times that doctors could t count the wounds and finally slit her throat leaving her for dead in a filthy clearing miles from her home. This was the start of 'Alison's Journey'. Recalling the events of that evening, Alison describes her feelings and thoughts as she defied death and denied her attackers the satisfaction of destroying her life. The courage and philosophy which allowed her to move beyond severe physical and emotional trauma and to turn her experiences into something life-affirming and strong are detailed here. The parts played by her friends, her family and professionals are also given voice as they relate their view of Alison and the journey she undertook to become the woman she is today.
Marianne Thamm is an award-winning journalist who has worked for a variety of publications during her 16-year career. These include Cosmopolitan, House and Leisure, Style and Fair Lady.