Author Shilpa Menon's Q&A session feature on DT Next. For a full text version, visit the DT Next Page from this URL : http://www.dtnext.in/News/City/2016/04/09114118/Book-of-hope-for-rape-survivors.vpf
Scars Do Heal - Author Interview Extracts
Her novel deals with the life of Sonal Kapoor, a woman with a difficult past. The protagonist meets Dr Ryan Percy, a man with ‘baggage’ of his own. “Everyone needs love and the book will be a self-help book on how to give and accept love,” she shares.
The purpose of the book is two-fold. “Firstly, I wanted to create awareness about what survivors face after sexual assault — from physical changes to mental trauma. Secondly, I wanted to convey a powerful message that there is hope even if the survivor feels everything is lost.”
Writing her first book on a sensitive subject, Shilpa says the journey has changed her life.
.......How Sonal being a rape survivor has to move out of the country to avoid public humiliation-shows the irony of living in a society which accepts the rapist but not the rape victim! During the course of the story the writer has very rightfully stressed upon the rehabilitation stages in a rape victim’s life through the character of Sonal’s therapist which is very conceivable and helps to sensitize the readers on the issue.......
A detailed review of Scars Do Heal by Polka Junction here :