The Story Behind Such A Good Girl by Willow Rose

29 Jun 2021

By Willow Rose

This was by far the hardest and most personal book I ever had to write. I can’t believe I actually did it. Big parts of this book are my own #metoo story. I have been dealing with this for the past year and felt it needed to be told.

It all began when I was contacted by a journalist from Denmark, who was doing a documentary about sexual harassment in the Danish media. She contacted me because my name kept coming up during her research. I used to be a reporter at a prominent national TV network and was also an anchor for a period of time before moving to the States, where I started writing books. When the journalist contacted me, I hadn’t thought about any of those old stories for twenty years. Suddenly, it was all I could think about. It came back to me in these violent flashbacks that completely floored me. Just like Rachel in this book, I found myself crying for entire days and unable to function properly. I had repressed this for so long; I had almost completely forgotten it. But now, it was back, and it almost knocked me out. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, but worst of all, I couldn’t write, and that’s what I love to do. I spoke to a therapist, and she told me I needed to talk about it. I had to go through a healing process, and part of it was talking about it.

So, I finally told my story. First to my loved ones, then to some lawyers, and finally to the journalist while on camera. A few months later, two of the three men involved were fired from the network. One of them was the most prolific anchor our nation has ever had, so it was a big story back home. We all grew up with him, watching him deliver the news or be funny on quiz shows, and now he had his own talk show. Until he was fired – because of my story that is similar to Samantha’s in this book. It also happened while I was an intern, but I never told anyone. I decided to hide it away because I was so embarrassed and blamed myself. The last guy who became the news director back then doesn’t work at the network anymore but is an editor-in-chief of a big newspaper, so nothing has so far happened to him.

But the documentary hasn’t even been aired yet. It will be soon, and then we’ll see what happens. I am super nervous about when it does since the entire country will know my story, but I also know that telling my story is important, and hopefully, it will help someone else to stand up for themselves. Maybe it can hinder this from happening to more women.

Willow Rose is the author of the new book Such A Good Girl.

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