#SAAM Day of Action

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and there is no better time to support survivors and strengthen our communities.  

One week ago, I attended and spoke at the Statute of Limitations Reform Rally in Harrisburg on the Capitol steps.  I can't express how powerful it was to stand on the steps in support, step up to the mic to share my story, and hug each survivor after I spoke.  It was powerful and I'm grateful to all that came out and supported the real deal.  Standing on the steps marked my first time telling my story in public.  

Pam Oddo and Mark Rozzi work diligently behind the scenes to make an event like this work along with the help from advocates, colleagues, and survivors.  Each survivor that spoke also turned in a victim impact statement and a photo from the time abused to help illustrate the depth of what this crime changes and was able to name the perpetrator of the crime.

It was difficult to stand up and be vulnerable, especially in front of a line of news cameras, spectators, and journalists.  It was even more difficult to stand up and be a witness to the other survivors that shared their story.  

One in particular that was heartbreaking to hear was the mother speaking for her young child that is starting the process.  Knowing what I went through, where I stand now, and all the hurdles that she will face made - everything more pressing.  Seeing the cycle play out over and over again is re-traumatising, but I want to continue to break my silence in the hopes that one day this won't be the epidemic it is right now.

If you'd like to find easy ways for to help today and all throughout April, click here.  One of the easiest way is to use #SAAM on social media or share one of my Facebook or Twitter posts.

You can watch a short clip from a local news channel on the rally here.



Wintergatan and The Power of Showing Your Work.

It can be scary and fears can creep up that prevent anyone from releasing their art, writing, photography, music, or other passion out into the world.  Powering through that fear can be exhilarating and nauseating at the same time.  

Allow the fear to let you know you are heading in the right direction.  Try to do one thing every day that scares you, and try to keep growing.

Here is where Wintergatan comes in.  If you are unfamiliar with the band, please check out their video for their Marble Machine.  This video was released last March (2016).  It is almost unreal the music made with 2,000 marbles and some imagination!

As a warning, this song gets stuck in my head!  It is beyond catchy.

I've been following Wintergatan for a little while now and this week they posted an amazing video one year after the Marble Machine video was released.  The video includes Martin's reaction to numerous covers of the original song in many different musical and mechanical forms.  A great way to showcase how what you put out in the world can inspire and ignite passion in others.

Please do not let fear hold you back from sharing your work.  The closer you get to completion, the more doubt and questions will pop up.  Wintergatan shows how they construct their musical instruments and different parts of the process in several of the videos, as well.  

Wintergatan is Swedish for the Milky Way.  Keep making music and reaching for the stars.  Subscribe to their YouTube channel and support their music.


I want to begin sharing some #BookLove in my blog posts for various books that inspire me that I believe could inspire you.  A fantastic book I read and keep referring back to is Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.  I highlighted so many passages in this book.  

One of my favorite:  "Human beings want to know where things came from, how they were made, and who made them.  The stories you tell about the work you do have a huge effect on how people feel and what they understand about your work, and how people feel and what they understand about your work effects how they value it." --Austin Kleon

The way he equates the creative process to throwing a knuckleball pitch is perfect.  The way the batter and catcher don't know what to expect, and even the pitcher doesn't know once he releases the ball.  Spot on.

His books help me put action behind some of my personal goals and I love his newspaper blackout poetry.  I highly recommend signing up for his newsletter.

Launching Exploring Atlantic Canada Ebook.

A few days ago, I uploaded my new ebook Exploring Atlantic Canada to the Amazon store.  It is an interesting feeling when you see your book listed for the first time.  

The process and journey through writing, editing, revising, more editing, proofreading, formatting, and launch can be similar to a rollercoaster ride.  There are highs, lows, hill climbing, loopy loops, and more.  It can be emotional, exciting, full of fear and doubt, solitary, and so much more.

Exploring Atlantic Canada is my second book I have written and published.  As the launch approached, I kept feeling as if I was "forgetting to hook up the doll" like Wyatt said in the movie Weird Science.  I loved that movie when I was a younger!  It was sad to find out that Bill Paxton passed away this weekend.  He played Chet in Weird Science, the beefed up older brother that said it was snowing in his room.  Some other films including Bill Paxton include Titanic, Apollo 13, Edge of Tomorrow, and many more including the as yet unreleased The Circle.

I can't wait to see how the book launch progresses.  I am beginning the book formatting process now to get the paperback version ready for publishing.  Meanwhile, if you are interested in checking out the ebook on Amazon you can do so here.

This whole publication journey would not be possible if it wasn't for readers.  Thanks for your support and reviews!  Leaving a review helps other readers find their next book.  I'm excited to share this screenshot from Amazon today!  My travel memoir is a hot new release and on the way to #1 in Atlantic Canada Provinces category.



Bare Naked Bravery and the Action Behind the Picture.

Bare Naked Bravery Podcast 028

I am so grateful to announce that my Bare Naked Bravery Podcast interview is now available for your listening pleasure!  Gracious host Emily Ann Peterson really made the experience powerful for me.  You can listen to the interview on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, or GooglePlay:  


The episode is #28 and the other episodes are great to listen to as well. Some of my favorites are #13, 8, 10, 24, and 2!  Running with wolves, losing sight, empathy, the power of breath, and immigrating to America are just some of the topics covered.  The brave takeaways are inspiring.

Some of the topics covered in my interview are:  

  • some details of my story which happened when I was 3 at day care,
  • difficulties a survivor deals with after the crime (like guilt, fear, etc.),
  • living near the man that raped me and wasn't charged,
  • and the power of coming forward and trying to make a difference by changing the statute of limitations now so other children do not know what this feels like.

There is a trigger warning for this episode, especially for victims and survivors dealing with flashbacks.  If you listen, I hope you can gain a little courage and feel less like you are the only one going through this.  For others listening, I hope you gain some insight on how far this type of crime reverberates and impacts a life-- especially when it happens as a child is still developing.  

The picture below was taken the month before I was raped at a day care in the small town I grew up in.  When I share my story with someone, they see me as an adult right now.  They forget the simple fact that I was 3.  I didn't have a word for rape.  I didn't have a word for the act he committed.  I didn't understand why he was hurting me.  The fear was crippling.

Action Behind the Picture

The cover photo of Bare Naked Bravery Episode is of my palm with the word enough written on it. If you are interested in joining the conversation and saying enough is enough with child sexual abuse: grab a marker, write ENOUGH on your palm, and post on social media.  Use #BareNakedBravery if you can.  

Visit www.enoughabuse.org and sign up for their '10 Conversations' email series;  find out more on their campaign, training, and workshops.

Please share the podcast (or this post) with anyone you may know that may need it.


The Gift of Family, Creativity, and My First Podcast Interview.

It is hard to believe that the Christmas holiday has snuck up and passed by already.  I am grateful to have been able to spend the holidays with my family around me.  Although, it is bittersweet to watch as holiday traditions disappear as loved ones pass on and times change, there are no guarantees as we just try to adapt and adjust as the times change.

As 2017 is quickly approaching, I'm grateful for the gift of creativity in my life.  It is a time to take a moment to look back on the previous year with its highs, lows, and in betweens.  In an effort not to dwell, I'm looking forward to the new year with hopes and goals to work toward.  I want to make sure to continue to show my gratitude by acknowledging three things (big or small) every day that I'm thankful for as well as continuing my Morning Pages daily writing.

My publishing goal for this year includes a travel memoir about a solo trip to Canada driving through the Eastern Maritime Provinces I enjoyed.  I finished off the rough draft and sent it to my editor for the first round of edits right before Christmas.  Tentative publishing release date for the book will be end of January or early February depending on a host of variables.

The highlight of 2016 for me was writing and publishing my first book, Breaking the Chains of Silence.  It has been a game changer for me, and I have met many wonderful people through the process.  I hope to build upon this strong foundation for the upcoming year.  Recently, I also was able to be interviewed for my first podcast interview.  The podcast is Bare Naked Bravery, hosted by Emily Ann Peterson.

I am a huge fan of the podcast, and I suggest you listen to an episode on iTunes like I do (or Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Google Play).  Some of my favorite episodes are:

  • Episode 013:  Losing Sight, Starting Over, & Building Intuition with Maximiliano Campos
  • Episode 008 Practical Ways to Respond with Empathy from Author Brittany Barbera
  • Episode 001 Giving Up & Getting Up with Naomi Wachira
  • Episode 010 Facing Your Abusers, The Dance Floor & End of Life with Author Wendy Van De Poll.

 Stay tuned, I look forward to announcing when the episode Emily Ann Peterson interviewed me will be on.  In the interim, click here to listen to any of the episodes above.  She made the whole experience cozy and the time flew.  Her interviewing style was seamless and inquisitive- more like friends chatting.  I was nervous and unsure I would have anything to say in the moment, but she set me at ease.  Time flew and the interview was over, I just hope that it can reach someone at the right time to help them feel less alone.

I hope your holiday is safe, blessed, happy, and filled with love.

Gratitude, A Movie Premiere, and an Elusive Senator

Thanksgiving really snuck up on me.  I really counted my blessings and reached out to thank several people in my life that made a difference.  Not implied- I explicitly thanked them.  Without their love and support I wouldn't have been able to do what I do.

My sister Louise is top of my list.  Speaking of lists, this month she drove me to Philadelphia to attend the movie premiere of The List a documentary that is making the film festival circuit right now.  

The movie premiere was held at the Lincoln Financial Digital Education Studio at WHYY.  A great venue to watch the film and followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker Anne MacGregor, Honorable Lynne Abraham the former Philadelphia District Attorney, Marci Hamilton a Constitutional Law expert and advocate to extend the statute of limitations,  John Salveson from FACSA, Mary Beth an Assistant District Attorney, and the moderator.

The film itself was good and I recommend watching it once it is distributed.  It takes an in-depth look at the Grand Jury investigations into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Arthur Baselice is also in the movie talking about his son, and he was the one who told me about the event when I met him in an elevator in Harrisburg.

During the panel discussion, Louise and I both agreed that Lynne Abraham was a gem and someone we would want in our corner.  She said point blank that she did what other prosecutors are too scared to do.  She didn't care if she was voted out; she wanted the truth.  I wish there were more prosecutors like her.

Marci Hamilton mentioned the systemic abuse and the fact that "adults protect adults and let kids go by the wayside".  She also touched upon the framers of the Constitution and the fact they wrote it to frame a government to stop its abuse of power.  She said, "The least powerful of society is children.  Not because they don't vote, but because they don't count."  So true, unfortunately.  Actions speak louder than words.

Mary Beth talked about coming in during the second investigation and how much she liked the grand juror's take on the proceedings that is in the movie.  It really gave a new perspective, and I liked that as well.  Listening to her talk about listening to testimony day in and day out, it had to take an emotional toll on those jurors.

John Salveson talked about the "devil in the details".  He was in the movie as well, and he also said, "The story has to be told.  That is the only way."  I admired him when he talked about how he appreciates his wife, kids, and life but the abuse is a hard thing for him to let go of.  I felt a real kindredness with him in that moment and I appreciated his honesty.

Near the end of the event, questions were taken from the audience.  One of the things that really jumped out to me was when Lynne mentioned, "all you need is for good men to do nothing."  So true, and it reminded me of the opening of the Boondock Saints movie during the priest's sermon on the indifference of good men during an attack on Kitty.

Finally onto the elusive Senator.  I had the pleasure to meet Pam in Mr. Rozzi's Harrisburg office.  She helped to coordinate a few days of Legislature Lobbying Days for survivors and advocates to go around to the offices of several hold outs on the HB 1947.  It was a sprint before the end of the legislature session for the year.

To keep things in perspective, the Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation have at least 40 paid lobbyists circulating in Harrisburg.  All the more reasons why our voices need to be heard for a change.  I learned so much during the time I was there.

I tried a couple times to get a meeting with my Senator.  It didn't work out before the session ended.  I was then scheduled to meet a couple weeks after, at his convenience, near the end of the day.  As a constituent, I erroneously thought he would be there.  It was not to be.

It was really important to meet with him since Senator Argall and Representative Tobash ,along with some staff, were taken on a tour of a gated lakeside community.  The very same one that the man that raped me lives.  They passed his house on one of the main thoroughfares, where there is a school bus stop across the street.  

My question:  If your child gets the bus at that bus stop wouldn't you want to know that a man that raped a child lives right there?

Below is a picture of the hall leaving Senator Argall's office at the end of the day- it was a ghost town.  The other picture is the 'The Universe of Possibility' mosaic that was outside the studio where The List was screened.  It caught my eye and I had to take a picture to remember the beauty.





Jon Krakauer, Sexual Assault, and the Justice System

Tonight Jon Krakauer, the author of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, was at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg.  It was truly an honor to be present to hear him speak about his book and what he learned while researching for the book.

I first read one of the author's books, Under the Banner of Heaven:  A Story of Violent Faith.  It was full of details and I wrote notes in the margins and bent corners on pages to mark passages I wanted to come back to.  The next book of his I read was, Where Men Win Glory:  The Odyssey of Pat Tillman followed by Three Cups of Deceit:  How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way.  I learned so much just by reading his books.

Jon prides himself on his research and approaching each project as a journalist.  But he clarifies he is unable to stay unbiased, especially after all the evidence he collected in Missoula and other sports related cases he checked into.  There was just no way.  

When he began telling people that he was writing this book several people he knew came forward to tell him they were sexually assaulted.  "It reinforced my sense that this is a huge and hugely under reported problem."

I couldn't agree with that statement more.  Since writing and releasing my book Breaking the Chains of Silence, so many people in my family and social circles have come forward to confide in me.  Several mentioning they haven't told anyone else.  For some, it is unsurmountable the shame, guilt, and secrecy their assault is shrouded in.  I think things would be much different if survivors could know they would be believed and supported instead of shamed and silenced once more.

Mr. Krakauer was very specific in the words he chose to describe what happened to the women in his book.  There is no general phrasing to skirt over the image or shift focus.  It is just the cold hard facts.  His wife has not read this book, nor can she.  He "wanted the voices of the victims to come out." 

Sports, celebrity, and entitlement and the way it effects sexual assaults.  The culture of it.  "People, they don't want to believe their heroes are bad guys.  Don't want to believe they're rapists."  Sports stars, celebrities, and plain old entitlement all effect sexual assaults and how the victim is viewed, if they come forward. The perpetrators are masterful at using shame and silence to their advantage.  When it is an acquaintance, the line is even more blurry.

Once a victim comes forward, they have to jump through the next hoop:  authorities.  Cops need to learn to start by listening.  Listen to the survivor tell their story.  Don't start by asking what they were wearing.  The trauma of sexual assault is different than any other kind.  Their memories are more feelings and impressions; smells and tastes.  The trauma essentially changes their brain chemistry.

To combat sexual assault we need to talk openly, and have a discussion.  Serial rapists are good at what they do.  Look at how we treat women who we perceive as victims.  Coaches in the sports culture can make a huge impact.  Peer pressure can work for the better.  Talk with your sons, not just warn your daughters.  The definition and importance of consent.  The absence of no is not consent.  Yes is consent.  

"These serial rapists are predators.  Not a little mistake.  Slap on the wrist time is over.  We need to treat these guys as what they are, and that is predators."

No one wants to deal with this issue, not universities, not governments, not churches, etc.  That helps to play into the rapist's hand, and just perpetuates the cycle of shame and silence.  Education, prevention, and especially talking about it are the steps to bringing this problem into the light.  "Change will never happen unless we do."

"Victims are just treated like dirt in our (court) system."  It is not up to them to press charges.  The prosecutor decides that, and if or when they accept a plea deal.  It is not in the hands of the victim.  The victim doesn't have any constitutional protection, whereas the accused is cocooned in constitutional protection.  "Our system is just not equipped to get justice in sexual assault cases."  The defense attorney gets to smear and shame the victim as much as possible and the victim's life is changed forever.

Mr. Krakauer mentioned Kobe Bryant and his lawyer's smear campaign as well as the Jameis Winston rape case at Florida State University.  The movie, The Hunting Ground, includes more in-depth information on the Winston case.

Title 9 was also brought up, and the importance that if you are a school that receives federal dollars, you need to have equal opportunities for male and females for education programs and activities.  My understanding of it previously was just in the sports area, having equal dollars for female sports.

One of the Universities mentioned watching the live feed, was a school where I know someone was raped on campus at a sports fraternity.  Made my stomach turn to hear the name of the school.  If you are interested in seeing the live replay, you can watch on Pennsylvania Commission For Women's Facebook Page.

Overall, it was a great event at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.  If you are ever in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania it is a must see place to visit.  Try to plan the trip for a Thursday night when the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is there for a great evening of poetry.  No matter what, you'll find a great atmosphere to browse books, drink coffee, or catch a live discussion.



Rape is a crime. Talking about it isn't.

It takes a lot for me to come forward and tell my story.  I have been a lot more open and willing to tell people my story in order to pass a bill to extend the statutes of limitations in order for others to come forward.

To be clear, I do not shout it from the rooftops and to every person I pass on the streets.  There is a time and a purpose when I talk about it.  I want to reach other survivors to let them know they are not alone.  Because that was something that really hit me hard as a teenager:  I thought that I was the only one.  I desperately wanted someone to tell that wouldn't judge me or feed me platitudes.  Someone that could relate on a deeper level.  I strive to be that for other survivors that reach out to me at events or through reading my book.

The biggest surprise is how much weight I have felt lifted off my shoulders by just sharing my story.  The relief I feel is unmatched.  In my experience, the more I tried to bury and hide the past, the more shame, guilt, fear, and horror I felt.

  • The SHAME is his alone to hold.  He shall reap from his actions.
  • The GUILT is his alone to live with.  What he did to me at day care that day was out of my control.  If he continued to do it to other children, that is on him as well.  I came forward and told my story to the authorities at three years old.  What the professionals did and did not do is something they have to live with.
  • The FEAR is his.  I am no longer a toddler.  I know what he did that day.  I want to ensure he never has the opportunity to do that to another child.  I am working on healing and getting stronger.  I want to make a positive difference by the time my days end. 
  • The HORROR is his to relive.  Every time I share how he stole a little girl's innocence and trust, the grip the memories hold on me loosens.  Silence is a perpetrator's strongest weapon.  By speaking up, I am shattering the chains of silence and getting stronger.  The community deserves to know what he's capable of doing when left alone with a child.

If you are a survivor who wants to share their story, choose a supportive person.  Someone you trust who will listen and not pass judgement.  Call a hotline, if you have no one to talk to in your daily life that you feel you can trust.  The choice is completely yours.  In the words of Brene Brown:  "We share with people who've earned the right to hear our story".

The biggest takeaway I can offer you is this:   How people react to your story has more to do with them than you.

Today is National Break the Silence Day

What do I want to accomplish when I break the silence to someone?

Social Anxiety -At times, I have broken my silence to a friend to explain my behavior to a certain situation.  For example, if I have a flashback or general unease in a social situation.  I especially don't want to be left alone with anyone I do not trust.

Support-Other times, I may just be having an extremely rough day and need someone to talk to.  Not to judge me or my situation.  Not to make assumptions, like 'I must have been drunk, or asking for it'.  (For the record, I was 3 years old at daycare, but why is it about what a survivor was wearing?)  I just want someone to listen, really.  Please, if you are going to say something, never say to 'get over it'.  Or 'that happened in the past/ a long time ago'.  Tell that to my flashbacks, my fear, my nightmares, my anxiety.

Safety- Maybe I'm telling you because you have or will be crossing paths with the man who raped me as a child.  I want you to know.  I want to protect you.  What you do with that information, is your choice.

Fear of touch- Possibly, I told you so you wouldn't touch my shoulders or neck.  I remember his hands around my neck and that is a trigger for me.  Please don't touch.  I mean it.

Possibility of relating- Once in a while, I tell other survivors because I can relate to them on a deeper level.  They know what I'm facing and I understand what they are going through.  Sometimes I feel so different from everyone else, until I talk to a fellow survivor.  Stuff clicks in a way I don't always get with other interactions.  It is powerful just knowing I am not alone.

These are just a few reasons I have broken my silence in the past.  Presently, I am breaking my silence more as I reach out to people about my book, Breaking the Chains of Silence.  I am so thankful for all the support I have received so far.  The most important thing I want to tell someone thinking of breaking their silence is to choose who you tell wisely.  You get to pick who you tell.  Pick someone trustworthy that will listen to you without repercussions or judgement.  If no one in your life fits that bill, reach out online.  Google a hotline.  This is an important step in your healing journey.

Please drop in the comments below why you break your silence.

Launch Week is here!

Sunday, July 31st was the launch of my book and ebook Breaking the Chains of Silence.  To commemorate the occasion and to open up a conversation in my local community, there was a community awareness event on the Island in Schuylkill Haven, PA.  So many people came out and bought books!  I was surprised.  I thought more would opt for the free download promotion.  So many said that they preferred an actual book in their hands.

I was even asked to sign copies!  That was a surreal experience for me.  I wanted to pinch my own arm as a reminder that this was real and happening.  A year ago, if you would have asked me if I could stand up and speak my truth in my community, I would've said I don't think so.  I have come so far in my journey in the past few months.  Holding a physical copy of my book in my hand has a way of lending me perspective.


I may not be able to 'out' the man that abused me when I was three.  He may be protected by Pennsylvania's current statute of limitations.  But on Sunday, I felt so relieved to stand up and say this happened and he got away with it and could still be hurting others if we don't do something about it now.


He is not the only abuser.  If we don't want our state to have scandal after scandal after scandal-- we need to stop it.  Not just lawmakers, judges, police officers, advocates.  We the citizens, need to play a part as well.  That is why I included a call to action in my book.  Can you write on your hand?  You can be an advocate.  You can post on social media.  I included websites to go to get involved and informed.  Foundation to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse has been an excellent resource to turn to as the House Bill 1947 moves through the state legislature.


I will never be free as long as the man who abused and threatened me is free.  The crime he committed festers and spreads with the help of silence, guilt, shame, denial and threats.  I broke my silence to help me heal.  I wrote my book as the book I wish I would've stumbled across when I was 15.  The flashbacks and nightmares were so vivid and painful then, I didn't think I could face another day.  It is difficult to really show how deep the wounds that the monster inflicted upon me and my family.  When a parent drops a child at day care they should be safe.  At three years old, the child is still developing.  To inflict an adult crime of rape on a 3 year old is horrifying and wrong.

The more people I meet since I published my book, the more tell me it happened to them, too.  I want to be a comfort to others as they tell somebody else, possibly, for the first time.  I know what it feels like to hold that information inside.  Afraid to be judged.  Shamed.  At times, it can feel like coming forward is a fate worse than the crime itself.  But if you push through, it will all be worthwhile.  Choose supportive people to open up to, if you can. 

Breaking the Chains of Silence is my only chance for my voice to be heard.  I just ask that you listen as you read.  Special shout out to everyone who was on hand for the live event.  It meant so much you were all a part of my journey.  Thanks so much!  As part of the event, I designed a Clothesline to illustrate some of the steps in my journey.  On Sunday they were hanging on an actual clothesline, but to be able to see the designs better I laid them flat for pictures.  Click to scroll through.

They're here!

When this project started, it was mostly inside me.  I started writing, and it ended up on my computer.  But now...  It is a professionally printed book.  In my hands!!  I can't even describe how exciting it is to hold my book.  Now it feels real.

I ordered these books for Breaking the Chains of Silence community awareness event this Sunday at the Schuylkill Haven Island Park Complex.  The focus of the day is on supporting survivors and raising awareness in the community that it happens here and what everyone can do about it.  For a flier, click here.

Paperback books are $16.95 and available at Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com.

I can't wait until Sunday!  My ebook is launching on Amazon and will be FREE for download during the community awareness event at the Island.  If you can't come out and support in person, please download the ebook when it is free:  Sunday July 31st and Monday August 1st.


Everything is really starting to come together!

I'm excited to update that I have my final formatting for Amazon Ebook and CreateSpace paperback book!  I'll post a picture as soon as I have it in my hands.  Before this experience, I had no idea how much work went into every little thing.  Down to how to word the copyright page, where to put the Acknowledgements page.  What to include or not include in your Acknowledgements.  The difference between a Foreword and an Introduction.  What to put on your back cover.  Along with so much more.

It has been an exciting journey so far.  I have so many people who have helped me, and I am extremely grateful.  The journey is far from over.  With the help of many, there will be a Community Awareness event titled Breaking the Chains of Silence on July 31, 2016.  The main focus is to raise awareness about how often child sexual abuse is cloaked in silence and what we can do now to help and to protect children.  I want to support survivors and start a conversation on the crime that sometimes gets swept under the rug and covered up.  If you would like to join, the event will be held at the Schuylkill Haven Island Park Complex in Schuylkill Haven, PA.   For more information, you can click here, and get the flier.  

I set the date!!

I have set the release date for my book:  Breaking the Chains of Silence:  One Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor's Journey into Adulthood and the Statute of Limitations that Protects Predators. I am excited to announce it will be available on Amazon July 31, 2016!!  The ebook will be free to download for the first three days.  Stay tuned for more updates during this exciting time.