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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 698

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Tonight's special guest is Tom North, abuse survivor and author of "True North." Tom grew up as the 11th of 20 children in a family made famous by the 1968 movie "Yours, Mine and Ours" with Lucille Ball playing the role of the mother and Henry Fonda as the father. The film was a critical and box-office success, but the loving family portrayed in the film differed dramatically from the actual Beardsley family. Tom shares in "True North" what it was really like to grow up in that family, describing how he took the road less traveled through violence and despair, to hope, and eventually to self-discovery and a fulfilling life. Tom North explains that in the 47 years since the movie became the 4th highest grossing film of 1968, ".. it has not been unusual that one of my siblings or I are asked what it was like to be one of ‘that big wonderful family’. Having seen the film many times, I must agree that what became known among my family members as ‘the big lie’ was actually a very charming film and a well-told story. Would that it had been true!” He goes on, “True North" is the story of my journey through domestic violence and child abuse, and the poor choices I made.” North remarks, “We siblings had the awesome burden of shame which is not unusual for victims. We had also had to hide the truth because we were famous.” North adds, “The healing never stops. Every day is another day of coping. But there is help, and hope.” Tom North is an Official Supporter of National CASA for Children. He blogs at his website www.TrueNorthbyTomNorth.com

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