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Prevent Child Abuse America
September 18, 2013

As an incest survivor, Prevent Child Abuse America is an organization that touched my heart a decade ago. At the time, I was writing articles on the recovery from child abuse, for an on-line blog. I wrote over 70 articles. During that time Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina invited me to read my poem, I Am The Child at the 6th Annual Child Abuse Homicide Victims Candlelight Vigil in Raleigh, NC on Friday September 28th, 2001. I was honored to accept that invitation. That poem was also used in the Johnson County, North Carolina Child Abuse Prevention Task Force’s Blue Ribbon For Kids Campaign. That night changed my life. I knew then that I could make a difference with my writing and poetry. That was when I became a donor.

Since then I've had other poems about child abuse published. My sonnet Fatal Hand was published in the 2000 Quarterly Journal of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Kelly Wallace of Ball State University used my poems Flight Plans and Trespasser in a Sexual Abuse Group as therapy hand-outs. In August of 2006, Corinne Henderson-Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) of Sydney, Australia, , stated that they used my poems; Musical Lobotomy and Trespasser on page #1 of their Professional Report: “Reframing Responses-Improving Service Provision to Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse who experience Mental Health Problems.” because “they so succinctly reflect the pain and trauma experienced by adult survivors of childhood abuse.

So it is with great pleasure that I will continue to support Prevent Child Abuse America.

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Make a commercial about child abuse prevention to be shown all across America. You could even get survivors to be in the commercials.

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