Tonight's special guest is JoAnn Elizabeth Stevelos from Albany, New York, a child sexual abuse survivor, advocate, and author joining us for the first time. Her writing explores themes of compassion, estrangement, vulnerability, complex family relationships, lost love, loneliness, and sexual and emotional abuse. JoAnn helps people understand why children stay silent and how they feel after disclosing CSA (childhood sexual abuse). "Howard Be Thy Name," JoAnn's novel, is based on her true story and explores the problem of sex abuse in within the Catholic Church community and how survivors sometimes fail their children in spite of good intentions and the desire to give them a better life. She has also authored “Dream Alibis,” an anthology of poems, fiction, and a play about hope in the aftermath of estrangement, lost love, loneliness, and emotional abuse. JoAnn is an expert on the link between childhood obesity and CSA and has worked for several state and national level programs for prevention of childhood obesity. She is currently a consultant for Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse along with several other children's health programs, and writes a syndicated blog published by Psychology Today entitled Children at the Table. We invite all listeners to call in to welcome JoAnn to our NAASCA Family, and join in the discussion with your questions and comments.
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