Thank you for the welcome, Jill. LOST SISTER, my novel, concerns childhood sexual abuse and I am now reading through your archives and following your blog. I appreciate your point of view and your sensitivity.
Thanks so much! Would love to hear your thoughts as I post more of my story. I was raised in a Fundamentalist Christian family, my father was a Baptist pastor at the time, and I'm starting to process how my family handled, or didn't handle, my situation...
Hi, Jill. Thanks for the warm welcome. I share your interests, based on the profile below. Did you read "the Language of Flowers" by Diffenbach? How about "ComeBack" by claire and mia fontaine? Those are two I've read since 1-1-12 you might find interesting. My oldest daughter graduated from NYU in social work and art history and now is a law student at arizona state with an interest in prosecuting child related crimes with either the AG or county attorney. Sounds like we have a lot in common!
First, I feel so strongly about the work that you do in the court room and as the author or My Body Belongs to Me. I was sexually abused by both of my adoptive parents. I tried to tell a policeofficer once when I was picked up as a run away. When my parents came to the police station they spoke privately with the police officer - when I entered the room the officer asked me "How could you say such awful things about these wonderful people" - that was in the 1970's. Although there is more awareness now, I wonder if the same might happen today when afluent parents who are articulate and charming are the ones accused.
I wonder if your book might be good to use in schools? If the parents are the ones doing the abusing it's not likely that this book would ever be read to them.
As for me here on She Writes - I feel a bit tentative with so many sucessfull authors hanging around! Currently I am working with a writing coach to develop my creative non-fiction muscles and editing my poetry and looking for those that I can run a thread through to fit into a collection.
Your welcome makes me feel like I'm not lost in a crowd!
Thanks for the welcome Jill. I find it ironic you would contact me. At some point in my blog I will "unlock the door" to the silence of being a survivor of clergy abuse. I feel I have to get credibility with my readers first before I do that. The words are ready and waiting. I just have to feel the time is right. You are to praised for your work!