Twenty three years ago I wrote my first children’s book about childhood sexual abuse, PROMISE NOT TO TELL. After it came out I received occasional heartfelt and touching letters, typed or handwritten, and forwarded to me by my editor in New York. Occasionally a therapist in my own area would call or stop me on the street to let me know she was using the book with a client or a children’s librarian would let me know it was being checked out. That was the way it happened then.
Now, having a website for STRONG AT THE HEART, I receive inquiries from all over. Kids who want to know how to get out of a bad situation. A young woman 7000 miles away who writes to me about finding the courage to go into therapy. A man in his 50’s amazed at and encouraged by seeing the faces of male survivors. Conference organizers who want me to speak at their event or do trainings for professionals. Other writers. Survivors with resources to suggest. Librarians asking for book referrals.
We have conversations. I hear how people’s lives change. We exchange ideas and experiences.Â And I learn so much.
gift from within
A reader recommended a site that others may find helpful. Here’s the self-description from the organization:
Gift From Within, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. We have articles written by authorities in the field, poetry and art gallery for trauma survivors, peer support network, coping and inspirational stories, a Q&A, videos, book reviews, list of retreats for survivors, global list of trauma survivor support groups, meditations, and other educational materials and resources.