Author, Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor and Activist Julie Marie Mansfield To Speak at the 4th annual Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children Launch Press Conference, January 9, 2014
Author Looks To Provide Voice For Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims
Miami, FL_ Every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. Author, childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivor and activist Julie Marie Mansfield is set to kick-off her Catalyst Series that will help engender meaningful dialogue and healing to those impacted by CSA. Mansfield will speak at the 4th annual Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children awareness campaign press conference on January 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. at ARC Broward, 10250 NW 53rd Street, Sunrise, FL 33351.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before age 18, and only 20% of these cases are reported to the police. Ninety-three percent of children know and trust their abusers.
To help reignite the dialogue about the pervasiveness of CSA, Mansfield recently released her book Maybe God Was Busy (Amazon.com). The book traces her journey growing up behind the tourist veil of Jamaica, one of the most beloved islands in the world. It is a raw, unaltered look at an idyllic childhood interrupted by constant sexual abuse. From molestation, to incest, to sex with the “church brother,” to sex with the voodoo practitioner charged with saving a dying brother, to a pregnancy and abortion—sans anesthesia—at age 15, everything is revealed. Maybe God Was Busy is truly raw and authentic—a memoir saturated with abuse, survival, forgiveness, triumph and redemption—and yes laughter.
Mansfield’s Catalyst Series will include talks and book readings throughout the United States, the UK and the Caribbean, and will to inspire communities to mobilize to educate, empower and become agents of change to protect and prevent all children from CSA.
“The more we remain silent, the more predators attack. Silence is a breeding ground, telling people who prey on kids that we are all complicit in their crimes,” Mansfield says. “By openly and honestly discussing the ravages of CSA, we can and will bring change to how victims heal, how they shake the shame and guilt so often associated with CSA.”
Since the book, many men and women have thanked Mansfield for inspiring them to step out of the shadows of shame and hurt. For more information about Julie Mansfield and Give me Dignity, visit www.givemedignity.org.