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By Gabrielle James

Eve Ensler with Amy Wheeler

In her latest book, The Apology, author Eve Ensler revisits her past to explore how and why she became the victim of years of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse at the hands of her father. She digs deep in search of answers, which lead her to channel the apology that she never received from her father. What she uncovered was life-altering.

Hedgebrook Executive Director Amy Wheeler interviewed Eve at Hugo House on June 14, 2019. The audio was recorded by KUOW.

Please note: This recording contains themes of sexual violence and unedited language of an adult nature.

Photos by: Kate Buzard

By Susan Jensen

The Shame Game

There is no shame in being incested, molested, raped, or beaten.

The shame belongs with the perpetrator, not the victim.


If we are too young or weak or scared or damaged or battered or seduced into complicity to defend ourselves, where is the shame in that?

The symbiotic dynamic of the shame game conspires to protect the abusers who hide in and behind our shame, protected by it, reveling in it.

As victims, we’re too ashamed to bring charges, too ashamed to tell the truth, too ashamed to confront.   Read more

By Hedgebrook ED

We Rise

I keep learning these truths:

All the best ideas are simple.

Profound impact often begins with a small action.

Eve Ensler called me a year ago to ask if Hedgebrook would participate in something called ONE BILLION RISING. She explained the idea in less than two minutes. It sounded so simple that I couldn’t quite grasp it, or fully comprehend the potential impact.

Because it was Eve, I said, “Yes! Of course we’ll participate!”   Read more

Eve Ensler with Amy Wheeler