Uncultured Author Talks Vanessa Guillen, Children of God, U.S. Military
Frankie Files Preview, Full Ep. 18 Out 5/31/22
For Immediate Release 5/28/22
Military Member Vanessa Guillen, 20, was reported missing on Apr. 20, 2020. Later, her dismembered and burned body was discovered near Fort Hood close to Killeen, Texas. Guillen had reported to her superior on two occasions that Spc. Aaron Robinson sexually harassed her. Another female military member had also complained about this same man. But that wasn't shared up the chain. Later, Robinson killed Guillen. You may remember the national story coverage.
Cut to 2020: an ex-military female captain who had survived sexual assault while deployed in the military watching the news story, in the dark, curled in a ball, thinking "why do they keep raping, beating and killing us?" That is the day the idea for the memoir "Uncultured" was cemented.
Facing the trauma she survived publically would require a lot of grit, and Mestyanek Young has that in spades. Mestyanek Young, a white woman from the military, was inspired to bring these stories to light, and also the stories of her wild childhood, born into a forced polyamory religious sex cult called the Children of God.
Reading the advanced copy of the memoir Uncultured (St. Martin's Press) was gripping, moving and I cried and cheered for our main character until the very last intense chapter.
Her voice is strong and it resonated with me, a sexual assault and cult survivor. She eloquently winds a tale that veers into how these things happen and how they happened to her. And she emerges triumphantly.
My guest on The Frankie Files, 5/31/22, Ep. 18, has a lot to say and I'm very glad to share the lively hour-long interview. There is so much for society to learn here. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed interviewing this public intellect.
Take a moment and pre-order her book. Get info on that at uncultureyourself.com, Daniella's website. But brace yourself for an unpredictable story of an incredibly strong female character, who lived through the stuff some of us could not have even imagined happening to one woman in a lifetime, let alone by age 30.
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