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Episode from the podcastSarah's Bookshelves Live

Caitlin Wahrer (Author of The Damage)

Released Wednesday, 18th August 2021
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In Episode 91, Caitlin Wahrer (author of The Damage) shares how she decided to tackle sexual assault of a man by a man, how she felt about writing a gay male protagonist as a straight woman, and how the U.S. legal system is re-traumatizing for sexual assault victims.
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  • Why Caitlin doesn’t use cases she actually worked on as inspiration for her fiction writing.
  • How Caitlin decided to tackle sexual assault of a man by a man.
  • How Caitlin felt about writing a story about a gay, male protagonist as a straight woman (and what the discussions with her publisher looked like).
  • What it was like to work with a sensitivity reader.
  • What it means to her when gay men and sexual assault survivors tell her The Damage had an impact on them. (rephrase).
  • The biggest difference she discovered in the impact of sexual assault of a female vs. of a male.
  • How the U.S. legal system is re-traumatizing for sexual assault victims, Caitlin’s view of the legal system’s biggest problems, and how she thinks it could be improved.
  • The restorative justice process.
  • Why attorneys make such great fiction writers.

Caitlin’s Book Recommendations [31:19]

Two OLD Books She Loves
Two NEW Books She Loves
One Book She DIDN’T LOVE
One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About

Last 5 Star Book(s) Caitlin Read [49:03]

Other Books Mentioned

About Caitlin


Caitlin is a Maine girl through and through. She was born to two hippies who raised her in a small town in central-southern Maine without a single stoplight in it. Caitlin left the state for four years to study criminal justice and marriage and family studies at a college in Pennsylvania. She returned to Maine after graduation to attend law school and practice law. She and her husband live in southern Maine with their dog.