Posts Tagged Amy Susan Crohn
I was nominated to join the Blog Hop by award winning author Amy Susan Crohn. Her first book, DYING TO LIVE: Running backwards through cancer, Lupus, and chronic illness was a finalist in the MEMOIRS (Overcoming Adversity/Tragedy/Challenges) category by Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She was a featured author at the 2014 Book Expo America in New York. Accomplishments which to aspire! Catch up on Amy’s website and be sure to read her blog.
I was also featured on last week’s “Hop Stop” at ImaginePublicity, a social media marketing agency who has helped develop my skills in social media as well as marketing my new endeavors. Through my association I have been able to be introduced to some of the country’s leading victim advocates and others who are tops in their fields surrounding the rights of crime victims and the judicial system.
What am I working on?
I am a blossoming author in the professional sense, but, in reality, I have been writing since my teens, and that’s a LONG time ago! I am a mad, passionate writer and practice my craft everyday through my blog entries, in-depth research blogs which showcase issues and guests on my national radio show, Shattered Lives. I’m in the process of expanding my expertise in my forthcoming first book.
We are all products of our past and I bring a rich tapestry of experience prior to becoming a crime victim in 1981 when my father was murdered. I’m also the survivor of over 50 surgeries during my lifetime. Luckily, these experiences molded me into the person I am today, happy, very healthy, and are the basis of my nickname “LadyJustice.”
As a homicide survivor and advocate for many causes with an insatiable intellectual curiosity, my main interest is in the non-fiction crime genre. However, due to the myriad of colleagues I’ve met along the way, and the increased exposure to so many aspects of crime victims and their rights, I have also included others as closest to my heart, such as persons who go missing.
It’s difficult to keep on track at times, for I want to veer off into territory about which no one else has written. This is the root of my passion, for my writing to be unique and cutting edge as often as possible versus mundane ho-hum stuff.
I have created a niche market service for crime victims unlike anyone else, a custom tailored Vicitim Impact Statement writing service available in a tiered package. This addresses a need in that victims can be often left to their own devices at the most vulnerable and emotional time in their lives, unable to understand a judicial process that seems stacked against them and their needs. My consultation service creates a victim impact statement for court or for a Board of Pardons & Parole.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My passion for crime story telling knows no bounds. I can always make “something” out of a few facts given my divergent thinking skills. Sometimes I employ what I call the ”Stone Soup Method”. There is a more detailed method to my writing which includes how to effectively market the crime which I have outlined in a presentation called “Marketing 101 for your Crime.” YES, you do have to market it as a crime victim in order to obtain the proper exposure. When writing about crime, these are some of the questions I ask myself:
- What is personally interesting to the writer?
- What is unique or unusual?
- Is it related to current events? (Does it need to be?)
- Is it historical or nostalgia based?
- Does it have heart, human interest?
- Is it “just another crime” or are there elements that make it more intriguing?
- Is it readily transferable to written or audio format?
- Will the topic have “staying power”- longevity?
- Is the topic controversial, provocative?
- Will it offend others…Do you care?
- As the writer, do you have a personal stake in the topic, and does that make it better or worse?
- Can other elements and information be pulled in to increase audience appeal?
What differs is I always try to tell a story by painting a complete picture, by using a variety of social media sites in an interesting manner, and using creative language with a sense of humor.
Why do I write what I do?
My writing has personal relevance to me and a larger audience, because it is intriguing and unique, and it needs to be discussed in the context of creating an awareness. In addition, I enjoy breaking down the barriers of “taboo topics “ with the potential for helping large numbers of readers listeners such as in Defining Suicide Healing and Grief.
How does my work process work?
I tend to follow my heart, along with my personal experience when it comes to choosing subject matter, but I’m mindful of the following:
- Explain the relevance up front
- Use a “hook” to capture attention
- Be original – No “copy-paste” stories
- Credit others- Use references for excerpts and other material used to illustrate your message
- Humanize and personalize
- Tie it together- beginning, middle, conclusion
- Begin and end on a positive or provocative note
- Be creative (i.e. chose quotes or short narratives to “capture the mood” and enhance your material
- Don’t use bad language; The use of other language can say it just as effectively
- Pair your story with a graphic that “says it all”(non-copyrighted or with permission)
- Respect copyrighted material
- Circulate “respectfully” to other social media forms
- Diversify your message
- Connecting and sharing posts
- Inclusion of questions at the end when relevant
Thanks for the opportunity to introduce my life as a blogger which has served as a “springboard” for many other opportunities! I so look forward to what’s on the horizon for “LadyJustice!”
As she relates the harrowing story of her missing and murdered sister in her book A Child is Missing, author Karen Beaudinwill share with readers how she has turned a family tragedy into not only a quest for justice, but a learning tool which she uses to teach law enforcement agencies about investigating criminal cold cases.
An author who is working on her sequel, Karen is also a dynamic speaker appearing at conferences and organizations all over the country.
“Every survivor has the right to chose and the right to determine the correct path of healing that is right for them.” Christopher Anderson
During this life on earth which seems so fleeting, so fast paced, so consumed with the material versus humanity, it is a divine gift when we find commonalities, when we can intersect, pause, reflect and reach out to help others….
Who would have known that a man who carries a heavy burden would have shared truths with another dear friend and colleague? Christopher Anderson, survivor of sexual assault and Executive Director of Male Survivor.org, http://www.malesurvivor.org/history.html and Amy Susan Crohn http://www.dyingtoliveamy.com/ share a blueprint of sorts. They share a high score on the ACES- Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale (for those coming from families of significant dysfunction and trauma) http://www.cdc.gov/ace/prevalence.htm;
And further… who would have predicted that abuse is so common that whatever form it takes…we all can relate to it in one way or another? At the start of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, there is no better way to increase awareness and pay tribute to intimate partner violence…AND all forms of sexual abuse, than with the introduction of selected new compelling downloadable public service announcements in between our conversation with Christopher Anderson. Such PSA’s were interspersed and introduced to our audience during this radio show! http://imaginepublicity.com/2013/10/04/voice-actress-amy-robinson-creates-domestic-violence-psas/
BUT… returning to our theme of healing and justice…. Christopher Anderson took the “Shattered Lives” Radio Team on his personal journey, capturing the essence of what is most important to male survivors of sexual assault and much more… Is it justice? Is it healing? Please listen to the podcast and read further to unlock the answers…
- Introduction to the Domestic Violence PSAs by Amy Robinson, Voiceover Actress and Homicide Survivor
- Introduction to our guest, Christopher Anderson
- Chris introduces his personal story as a means of healing…and “a little bit of the shame breaks away”
- Parental tantrums, hoarding, emotional neglect, lack of nurturing and “not necessarily overt abuse”
- “High alert for negative experience” overtaking any positive…
- A neighbor and son befriending Chris… the beginning of a “false sense of goodness” and a path to darkness….
- Hulk Hogan and WrestleMania…. Wrestling in his underwear, photos and the father “taking over”
- Disassociation, periods of not remembering from 8 to 12 years old…
- “Strange happenings”… his house became a stash for porn etc….
- The high school years…getting through, getting by…anxiety and depression
- Ladyjustice asks if Chris also suffers from physical, chronic conditions as a consequence of his neglect and abuse?
- “The sexual abuse didn’t seem like it was a big deal” in the scheme of the other issues… until age 30.
- First Marriage…Chris discusses what occurred…
- Ladyjustice asks what is typical in intimate relationships after sexual assault?
- Feeling broken and flawed…
- Delilah asks about repressed memories and how it affects people in adulthood?
- “Every survivor has the right to chose and the right to determine the correct path of healing that is right for them.” No “one size fits all” for treatment
- BREAK- Domestic Violence PSA- Call1-800 799-SAFE
- Delilah’s commentary re “let your voice be heard” regarding Christopher’s work due to men and boys having to live in silence for so long…And it is so difficult to talk about.
- Delilah asks, how important is justice to male survivors?
- Chris responds regarding the difference between the pursuit of justice and healing…
- Legal realities…. Statutes of Limitations … Marcy Hamilton’s work : http://sol-reform.com/News/what-is-a-sol/
- Look and listen to survivors- you hear over and over again … a re-traumatization and re-victimization
- For every survivor of trauma and abuse the pursuit of justice can be a source of healing, but not a prerequisite
- Ladyjustice asks about underreporting and the prevalence of male sexual abuse?
- A discussion of female perpetrators and the myth of homosexuality perpetrators
- Myths and Facts: http://www.malesurvivor.org/myths.html
- Resources: Books Recommended: Dr Howard Fradkin and Christopher Anderson Co-Author: “Joining Forces…” http://howardfradkin.com/wphf/?page_id=13; http://www.amazon.com/Joining-Forces-Empowering-Survivors-Thrive/dp/1401941346;
- Oprah Show: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Male-Sexual-Abuse-Survivors-Stand-Together http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKjiiAUSCJE
- “Boys And Men Healing” used during “Dare to Dream” Events: http://www.bigvoicepictures.com/boys-and-men-healing/ Now with Spanish subtitles and English subtitles and for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Woo Hoo!
- Chris tells how he connected with MaleSurvivor.org and discusses the multiple purposes: More Resources and Connections for Therapeutic Resources, Peer Support Groups.
- Discussion of their International Conference in NYC in 2014
- Weekends of Recovery Program: What are they about?
- The experience of trauma is universal…. and the importance of accessing resources…
- Chris’s discussion re the media…and the increase in awareness of sexual trauma in the military
- “The Jerry Sandusky Effect”- Are there positives?
- Parental-Societal Message: Learn how to do a better job with prevention- Be holistic, non-biased and inclusive in providing support to EVERY survivor. There is no hierarchy of abuse!
- Delilah asks, how prevalent is abuse between siblings and is it more difficult for healing to occur?
- Ladyjustice asks about prevalence and geographic considerations internationally?
- Socio-economic poverty, and hopelessness considerations
- What is Chris message of hope for the future?
- Healing is possible: Elements of Recovery: Prerequisites: Hope, Healing and Support…
- Contact Info: http://www.malesurvivor.org/default.html
- Final Domestic Abuse PSA by Amy Robinson
Questions Elicited from the Podcast
- What is Chris’ ACES score and what does it mean?
- What was Chris’ life like in school as compared to his home environment?
- What was the significance of the WWF?
- Terrified, not knowing how to say no, how did Chris deal with the sexual experience?
- How does Chris characterize the illnesses he dealt with?
- What is stereotypical about entering into marriage with a background of sexual abuse?
- What is Chris’ opinion about the therapeutic technique of conjuring up repressed memories of traumatic experience?
- What is Chris’ feeling regarding the importance of justice versus healing?
- Is our criminal justice system designed to be a source of healing- Why or why not?
- What are the statistics of the occurrence of male sexual abuse and can we rely on the data?
- What is one major reason why male survivors do not come forward?
- How many people visit the website for MaleSurvivor.org?
- What are the details concerning their international Conference?
- Have Male Survivors made progress with media coverage?
- How many reported cases are there in the military and which gender comprises the majority of survivors?
- What is the greatest incidence of traffic on their site beyond US and Canada?
- *** What are the three messages of hope?
- What is Chris message of hope for the future
The comments expressed on this website or on the broadcasts of Shattered Lives do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the hosts, producers, or other guests.
- Shattered Lives: MaleSurvivor Executive Director Christopher Anderson (imaginepublicity.com)
- Healing from Sexual & Domestic Violence: Re-establishing Boundaries (ssaitco.wordpress.com)
- Voice Actress Amy Robinson Creates Domestic Violence PSAs (imaginepublicity.com)
- Domestic Violence Day 5: Child Abuse (secretangelps911.wordpress.com)
- Powerful photography series ‘Project Unbreakable’ sheds light on sexual violence (globalnews.ca)