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Stephanie L. Jones LLC, Publisher
The Enemy Between My Legs: Breaking the Silence of Child Molestation
Sexual abuse survivor and advocate, Stephanie L. Jones, joins BET Women’s Health Symposium in Savannah, GA
Detroit, MI – Calling all parents, teenagers, sexual abuse victims, and advocacy groups – Stephanie L. Jones, author of ESSENCE Magazine and Amazon.com best-selling book, The Enemy Between My Legs, joins the BET Foundation at their 2008 Women’s Health Symposium in Savannah, Georgia. On Saturday, October 18th, noon – 2:00 p.m. at Savannah State University’s Tiger Arena, Jones will share her personal testimony of enduring and overcoming almost 8 years of child molestation. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session where Jones will provide prevention tips for parents and caretakers.
“I’m excited about this opportunity. It is time to break the silence about child molestation. I’m not talking about what’s happening at schools or with internet predators and priests. I’m talking about what’s happening right at home between fathers, daughters, mothers, siblings, uncles, aunts, and other family members. We need to address what’s happening in our very own families,” says Jones.
In her bold and compelling book readers are uninhibitedly allowed into the heart and soul of a sexual abuse survivor. Jones shares how several years of child molestation, which began at age five, haunted her and continuously resurfaced in her teenage and adult life in the forms of promiscuity, substance abuse, and difficulties in maintaining interpersonal relationships. A free audio clip of the first three pages can be heard online at http://www.stephanieljones.com/TEBML_Audio_Promo_9-13-08.mp3.
“Five years old. That’s how old I was when I had my first sexual experience. By the age of 13, I wanted to have sex. It was all that I knew! All of the touching, kissing, rubbing, and fondling – I didn’t want that to stop,” says Jones.
Jones is not alone. Shockingly, one in three females and one in five males are sexually abused. According to the organizations Darkness to Light and ChildHelp.com, the effects of sexual abuse extend far beyond the years in which it actually takes place and ends. What’s even more shocking is that studies also reveal that 90% of sexual abuse cases occur at the hands of a family member, close family friend, or trusted leader.
66% of teen pregnancies and abortions are preceded by sexual assault.
96% of teen prostitutes were sexual abuse victims.
75% of rapists were sexual abuse victims.
60% of children who experience abuse and neglect are more likely to be arrested.
Sexual abuse victims often suffer self-esteem, health, financial and weight problems.
The symposium will also include panel discussions on diet, nutrition, fitness, and mental health issues, as well as a performance by award-winning singer, Kelly Price. Free health screenings and lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information visit http://www.stephanieljones.com and listen to an audio clip of the first three pages of The Enemy Between My Legs for free at http://www.stephanieljones.com/TEBML_Audio_Promo_9-13-08.mp3.
Stephanie L. Jones is a highly sought-after speaker for schools, churches, and organizations. Having suffered over years of sexual abuse, she knows the effects that it can have on a victim’s life. For book reviews or to schedule an interview, please contact 313.493.0001, firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit http://www.stephanieljones.com.