Lynn K Hall

Lynn Hall is an author, speaker, and activist in the movement to end sexual violence. Beacon Press published her memoir, Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape and Resilience, in February 2017. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Hippocampus Magazine, The Rumpus, The Manifest Station, Beacon Broadside, and elsewhere. She serves on the Advisory Board for Protect Our Defenders – the nation’s leading nonprofit fighting rape within the military – as well as the Board of Directors for her hometown crisis center, The Lake County Advocates. As a means of coping with PTSD and chronic pain brought about by the sexual assault she experienced as an Air Force Academy cadet, she is an avid ultra-runner and mountaineer. She’s completed two 100-mile ultramarathons and has climbed each of Colorado’s highest 14,000-foot peaks as well as Argentina’s 22,841-foot M. Aconcagua. She lives in Leadville, Colorado.


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Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape & Resilience
Beacon Press, 2017

An insider’s account of misogyny and rape in the US military and her extraordinary path to recovery and activism.

In one of the worst scandals ever faced by the military, in 2003, six women went public with their accounts of sexual assault and harassment at the Air Force Academy. The relentless media attention and congressional inquiry instigated a crisis at the Academy, one pitting rape survivors against the classmates who blamed them for trying to destroy the institution. Lynn Hall was one of those survivors desperate to realize her childhood dream of being an astronaut. For Hall, the military offered an escape from her chaotic home—her erratic mother, absent biological father, and a man she called “dad” who sexually abused her. She’s dismissed from the Academy when, after being raped by a classmate and contracting herpes, she is diagnosed with meningitis and left with chronic pain. A story of grappling with shame and a culture that blames victims, Caged Eyes is also a moving account ofHall’s struggle to advocate for herself and recognize her own strength.