Column: From rape victim to addict to survivor

Alisa Kaplan was the victim of a gang rape in 2002 that made news around Southern California and beyond for its shocking nature. The Rancho Cucamonga teenager successfully weathered the two trials it took to convict the assailants but descended into alcoholism and drug addiction. Now sober and advocating for victims herself, she’s published a memoir and talks to me for a long, emotional Sunday column. It’s the first time I’ve written anything quite like this, and the first time we’ve run an editor’s note warning readers they’re about to encounter graphic language. Be prepared.

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  • Dara Allen

    After reading about this amazing young woman, I immediately wanted to read her book. She was so fortunate to have Christian parents who were guided to do what she needed most to become able to take back the control of her own life! What a great example for all of us to be reminded that no matter what happens to us, we are not defeated until we chose to give up.