After the Unspeakable

After his girlfriend was raped by a stranger, Benjamin Chambers devoted himself to helping her recover. Too late, he learned her private struggles exceeded the limits of love – and even language itself. In this compassionate essay of trauma and betrayal, he explores the toll the rape took on his girlfriend and their relationship, and the costly transcendence that came with time and resilience.

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About Benjamin Chambers

Benjamin Chambers is a professional writer and editor educated at the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. His creative work has appeared in many publications, including The Iowa Review, ZYZZYVA, Foreign Service Journal, MANOA, and The Mississippi Review. A former fiction editor at The Chicago Review, he was editor and founder of the award-winning online literary journal, The King’s English (, which specialized in novellas. His columns on fiction from The New Yorker appeared online in Emdashes (

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