A survivor’s tale in her own words.
New York, New York
As a veteran journalist, Robin Stone has never shied away from tackling tough subjects. The Detroit native and graduate of MSU’s School of Journalism in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences has written stories about domestic violence and race-related issues. But it was writing about a personal experience from her childhood that proved to be the toughest—and most rewarding—for Stone.
“It started with some personal reflection on my own. Trying to understand what was going on in my life and some of the challenges I was facing led me to a therapist where I began to explore my own personal history and the fact that I was a survivor of sexual abuse,” says Stone, who has worked as an editor at Health and Essence magazines, the Detroit Free Press, and the New York Times, and who now works as a freelance writer specializing in health, parenting, and family issues.
Stone found few resources that served minority communities dealing with the effects of sexual assault. She decided to write about her experience in an essay for Essence magazine and later in her book No Secrets, No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse.