Speaking Up; Living Safer

The latest issue of Living Safer magazine is now available. This quarterly magazine covers a number of safety topics for you and your family. Several contributors have taken this issue to address the efforts of the “#MeToo” movement and the fight against sexual harassment in general.

The #MeToo was started to not only encourage victims of sexual assault and violence to speak out, but also to raise awareness of how common and widespread this problem is.

I suppose that certain passions spur every writer. For me, it’s a way to comprehend my reaction to particular events and to inform others about serious social, legal, and political issues.

As my readers know, I am a strong advocate of “justice for all.” Through my writings, my goal is to always prompt meaningful conversations about social issues, such as sexual violence, racism, and immigration. In doing so, I also aim to give those misrepresented a voice. It is out of this passion that I have taken “pen to paper” in the form of two fiction novels.

My debut novel Betrayal of Faith came about because of a child sexual abuse case I argued in the 1980s. I published the book because the injustice has stayed with me all these years. Child abuse is appalling and should never be tolerated nor defended. Yet, I regularly see articles about such crimes, particularly within the Church.

My second novel Betrayal of Justice is derived from a theme of injustice I have seen in modern America rather than from a specific case. In it, changes in the political climate prompt a white nationalist to firebomb a mosque. When he is found dead, an innocent Muslim woman is accused of murder while her parents face deportation. In a time when such incidents are anything but uncommon, I chose to write on the necessity of equality in the justice system.

The fact is that this issue of Living Safer has reminded me why my protagonist in both novels is female. In Faith, she is a mother who will stop at nothing to protect her children and prevent the same crime from affecting other families. In Justice, she is a young woman who sees little action by the police to protect her community, so she begins her own investigation to uncover the truth. Like the “Me Too” movement, both novels empower women to speak out against injustices in the world.

I encourage my readers to take a look at this issue of Living Safer, and feel free to pass it along to others. I also encourage you to subscribe to my website, if you haven’t done so already and share it with your friends as share it with your friends as well.

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