Join us in the Readings Gallery for this sobering and necessary collection of stories from survivors of gun violence.
The toll of America's gun violence epidemic is usually measured in lives lost—more than 35,000 each year. Ignored, almost completely, are the many more people who are shot every year, and survive.—Shot and Forgotten, The Trace
"Nearly 40,000 people die from gun violence in the US every year. This uniquely American crisis leaves no community untouched—but it doesn't have to be this way." —Gabrielle Giffords
The Forgotten Survivors of Gun Violence collects 20 personal essays of survivors' visible and invisible wounds from school shootings, attempted suicide by firearm, mass shootings, gang violence, and domestic violence. Their stories remind us that these traumatic experiences are not exclusive to combat soldiers but, more notably, suffered by ordinary people during modern life. With this collection, editors Loren Kleinman, Shavaun Scott, Sandy Phillips and Lonnie Phillips expose the true lifecycle of a bullet and the trauma left in its wake. Through personal narratives and select personal photos, the wounded tell a story that's forgotten when the cameras go away. This collection will be of interest to first responders, officers, therapists, medical practitioners, and educators.
Emily Cantrell survived our country's deadliest mass shooting in 2017 in Las Vegas, and is a contributor to Wounded. She lives in Seattle and started her career in TV News, and has also worked in tourism, hospitality, and economic development. But for the last several years, her biggest passion project is around gun violence prevention. She has written articles and has done numerous speaking engagements about the impact invisible wounds can have on mental and physical health.