growing up must have been difficult. She was the black sheep, the odd one, the extrovertedtalker who followed neither of her parent’s career or intellectual paths. Her interest lay outsidethe curriculum her parents imposed upon themselves. She dabbled in music, and then art,frequently the first creative mediums an artist of any kind is exposed too. (Sebold,1999)Throughout her narrative describing her childhood, no one event stands clear as a moment whereAlice Sebold’s character is defined. Many children develop a talent, or a sense of themselves,the direction they might take in the future. With Alice, that defining moment did not come untilher freshman year at Syracuse University.I have read that victims of violent sexual crime respond in a variety of ways, from denial,to open proclamation, and in the course of her book, Ms. Sebold also gives these same examples.Alice Sebold chose proclamation, her voice a loud cry that expressed her desires for retributionand justice. Already moving toward the artistic expression of the poet, she penned a poementitled “Conviction”, a graphic declaration that began “If they caught you…” That poemchanged the lives of many people. It allowed Alice to express her anger, her outrage, her humiliation, and her needs. A fellow classmate, who had been raped herself, denying the truth of the event, was shattered by the poem. Alice used her artistic talent, delivering the message thatwas most important to her, and the force, the driving muse behind that writing, was the Rape.It is evident from her comments and need to tell others of her experience, that the Rapehas become the primary focus of her life. On the day after the Rape, her father had offered her something to eat, and she had replied glibly, “That would be nice, considering the only thing I’vehad in my mouth in the last twenty-four hours is a cracker and a cock.” Her parents wereshocked and Alice responded with “I’m still me, Dad.” (Sebold,1999) But while the underlying patterns of the old Alice Sebold still remained, a new imprint had been stamped upon them.