Notes on a Silencing

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  • About the Book:

    When Notes on a Silencing hit bookstores in the summer of 2020, even amidst a global pandemic, it sent shockwaves through the country. Not only did this intimate investigative memoir usher in a media storm of coverage, but it also prompted the elite St. Paul's School to issue a formal apology to the author, Lacy Crawford, for its handling of her report of sexual assault by two fellow students nearly thirty years ago.

    In this searing book, Crawford tells the story of coming forward during the state investigation of the elite New England prep school decades after her assault, only to find for the first time evidence that corroborated her memories. Here were depictions of the naïve, hardworking girl she’d been, as well as astonishing proof of an institutional silencing. The slander, innuendo, and lack of adult concern that Crawford had experienced as a student hadn't been imagined; they were the actions of a school that prized its reputation above anything, even a child.
     
    This revelation launched Crawford on an extraordinary inquiry deep into gender, privilege, and power, and the ways shame and guilt are used to silence victims. Insightful, arresting, and beautifully written, Notes on a Silencing wrestles with an essential question for our time: what telling of a survivor's story will finally force a remedy?

    About Whitney Foehl:

    Whitney Foehl moved to Lake Tahoe in 1990 to ski for a year or two, but found her life long home. Being a historian, she has taught in regional high schools and universities throughout her career. When she took a year off in 2012, she worked in the outdoor industry and started Tahoe Backcountry Women, a local organization that hosts events and promotes education, seeking to create spaces for women in backcountry skiing. Currently, Whitney recently became a certified Librarian and works at Incline High School where she opened a Podcast Studio and has plans for a Media Center. She loves reading but can also be found outside in her free time, seeking adventure, and enjoying nature. Whitney lives in Truckee with her husband Chris and their dog Sadie.