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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:08

Local author shares powerful message

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Stories of survival are inspiring. They encourage and motivate us to persevere through trying times. This interview is the first in a two-part series with local authors who have written about surviving very difficult and life-changing experiences. The first author we’ll meet is Elizabeth Dutton-Scott.

 


She wrote I’m Still Here, which recounts her experience with the trauma and pain of child sexual abuse, sexual assault and wife battering. She was seventeen when she married and, by the age of 22, she had three children and was terrorized by her husband. She escaped the marriage after eleven tumultuous years, but had to leave two of her three children with their father. Eventually, she lost touch with all of her children and this loss became a motivation to write.

DL: Why did you write I’m Still Here?

EDS: There were two reasons. One was that I wanted to let my children know what happened. Kids always wonder what their life was like from their parent’s point of view. The other was to inform people what family violence and sexual abuse does to individuals, to the family, to their behaviour and the damage that it does to the brain. All those things were really important to me. I wanted to educate people.

DL: Having read your book, I can imagine that writing it must have brought back lots of difficult emotions.

EDS: For sure. Actually, it took me a year to write it. I relived all the abuse all over again within that year. It’s taken me almost another year to get over those feelings. It set off a lot of triggers. There were a lot of times when it was extremely difficult to write. Sometimes I had to give it a rest for a couple of days.

DL: Why did you keep writing?

EDS: I had to write it! I didn’t want to give up. It was important for me to let my children know why their life was as it was. It was important that first responders, victims’ assistants and caregivers understand what it’s like for a person to live in an abusive relationship. To stop would mean that I wouldn’t be able to explain that to anybody. 
Dutton-Scott and her children have reconnected, but the process of rebuilding the relationship is on-going.
I’m Still Here is a powerful story told with courage, honesty and candour. The narrative explains the impact of abuse to those who haven’t experienced it, but also validates the experience of those who have. If you would like to read I’m Still Here, copies are available at  HYPERLINK "http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Dutton-Scott/e/B00JCSVIRA" http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Dutton-Scott/e/B00JCSVIRA.
In the next edition of Your Life is Now, we’ll meet an author who shares the experience of losing her husband to cancer.

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Dominique Liboiron

Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing.