Terrorism expert Jessica Stern has been helping Americans understand the complexities behind the causes of terrorism in the 21st century. However, it took her many years to understand her own fascination with the subject. At age 15 she was attacked and raped in her own home. The crime was not immediately investigated. Stern explains how writing about her own experience with terror led her to better understand the relationship between terrorists and their victims.
Stern served on President Clinton's National Security Council and is the author of the book "Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill." Her new book details her response, later in life, to having been raped when she was 15: "Denial: A Memoir of Terror."