CAGED EYES: AN AIR CADET’S STORY OF RAPE AND RESILIENCE
(Beacon Press, February 7, 2017)
Lynn Hall is a memoirist, public speaker, activist in the movement to end sexual violence, ultra-runner, and crazy cat lady. Her memoir, Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape and Resilience, is forthcoming from Beacon Press in February 2017. Her writing has previously appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, The Sexual Assault Report, The Manifest-Station, the LA Times, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and elsewhere. In the summers, Lynn copes with pre-publication anxiety by spending too many days in the Colorado mountains, and in the winters, with pans of brownies. She lives in Boulder with her partner and their 23 cats. Just kidding…she only has five.
In one of the worst scandals ever faced by the military, in 2003, six women went public with their accounts of sexual assault and harassment at the Air Force Academy. The relentless media attention and congressional inquiry instigated a crisis at the Academy, one pitting rape survivors against the classmates who blamed them for trying to destroy the institution. Lynn Hall was one of those survivors desperate to realize her childhood dream of being an astronaut. For Hall, the military offered an escape from her chaotic home—her erratic mother, absent biological father, and a man she called “dad” who sexually abused her. She’s dismissed from the Academy when, after being raped by a classmate and contracting herpes, she is diagnosed with meningitis and left with chronic pain. A story of grappling with shame and a culture that blames victims, Caged Eyes is also a moving account of Hall’s struggle to advocate for herself and recognize her own strength.