Here’s the deal … the short version: I have written a book, am trying to get the word out about that book, and need my journalist colleagues to help tell my story.
Here’s the not so short version of the deal … when I was a very little girl I was sexually and physically abused for seven years by a member of the Catholic clergy, the events – literally – were erased from my memory, 40 years later those events came rushing back in frightening flashbacks, I spent years and years in therapy figuring out those flashbacks, I had to face my demons and and fight – really fight – church officials, and I have chronicled all of this in a self-published book.
Yes, I self-published. I wish I had a major publishing house paying the bills, but none wanted to touch an unknown author and a clergy sex abuse story. However, I believe this is a story which needs to be told; 1) so that people will know how terribly the Catholic Church treats abuse survivors, 2) reveal the interesting way my therapist and I deciphered the flashbacks to learn what happen and who abused me, and 3) to maybe get answers the Catholic Church still refuses to give.
Several hundred people have read the book and have given great reviews. I need to “catch a break” to get some “buzz” about the book. I need my fellow-journalists to see the news value of this story. The news value comes from how my brain “protected” me by removing the memories – repressed memories – when I was a five year old little girl. The other valued component is how my therapist patiently helped me reveal and understand the contents of the flashbacks.
This is an incredible story. Unfortunately, this is also a true story. It will make an interesting newspaper or magazine story, a captivating TV or radio talk show segment, and a wake-up call for the Catholic Church. I need help telling my story to the masses. I need the help of working journalists.
I ask you to check out the website (bethtaylorbooks.com), give it some thought, consider the news cycle of the election is over and that before the Holidays this may be a good time for my story. I believe this is a win-win-win proposal for journalists, their audience, and me. Please help me tell my story.
Brave your journey … you are so worth the adventure!