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Nationally-Recognized Writer to Hold Public Reading

Sue Silverman, an incest survivor, will share her compelling story Oct. 4

9/25/2006 4:02:44 PM


LYNCHBURG– Sue Silverman, a visiting writer at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, will share her compelling story of survival during a public reading on Oct. 4 at 8 Jack Lounge in the Smith Memorial Building.

Silverman, a professional speaker, award-winning writer, and survivor of child molestation, will read from her non-fiction and poetry during this event, which occurs during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

A nationally-recognized expert on the subjects of child abuse and addictions, Silverman addresses topics such as incest and child abuse, domestic violence, spirituality, recovery, family dynamics, and sexual addiction. She has also conducted creative nonfiction writing workshops and focuses on the importance of women’s voices.

“October is an important month to recognize the prevalence of all forms of domestic violence, violence against women and children,” Silverman said.

Her first memoir, "Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You," is about growing up in her incestuous family. One of her messages is that “child abuse and all forms of domestic violence should be seen as Human Rights Issues.” In the way that political prisoners of war are held captive, Silverman sees that, as a child, she was a domestic prisoner of war, held captive by her terrorist father. Society and governments must oppose atrocities that happen next door--in neighborhoods all across the country--as diligently as we oppose political prisoners held captive as POWs overseas. The statistics are staggering: by age 18, one girl in four will be sexually molested. By the age of 18, one boy in eight will be sexually molested. Eighty to ninety percent of all sex offenders are known to the child.

“It is great to have Sue Silverman on our campus during October because she an important authority on the subject of domestic violence,” said James Peterson, English professor and writer. “She is also a generous and wise teacher who is an exceptionally positive influence on our students.”

On Oct. 4, Silverman will be reading from both of her memoirs and will hold a question-and-answer session and book signing following the reading.

“I’m pleased to be a part of the R-MWC community for the month,” Silverman said. “It means a great deal to be able to share my message with the college and the Lynchburgcommunity.”

Recent media interviews conducted by Silverman include “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN); “The Rikki Lake Show”; a John Stossel Special (ABC-TV); Discovery Channel; The Montel Williams Show; and CNN-Headline News. She has published two memoirs: Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey Through Sexual Addiction (W. W. Norton, 2001), selected by Literary Guild and other book clubs; and Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award Series in Creative Nonfiction, University of Georgia Press, 1996). Her collection of poetry is Hieroglyphics in Neon (Orchises Press, 2006). Her essays, stories, and poems have been widely published in top literary journals. She is currently on the faculty of the Low-Residency MFA in Writing Program at VermontCollege.

Critics and those who have participated in her national book readings, speeches and writing workshops praise Silverman for her ability to speak with compassion and authority about sensitive topics.

"I am staggered by Sue's capacity to see beauty and goodness despite what had happened to her,” wrote Alison Swan, of the Shaman Drum Bookshop. “She is an extraordinarily articulate, sensitive, and engaging speaker. I've seen few readers field difficult questions with as much grace. She inspires me."

"Unlike many other writers Ms. Silverman is a polished, effective, and captivating speaker,” wrote Dr.

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