Book signing for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

LEWISBURG — April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and a local author is hoping to spread the word.  Rosemary Neidig, of Lycoming County, was sexually abused as a toddler, and she has written a book to help others cope.

 

“The title has a real significance for Sexual Assault Awareness, because ‘Every Two Minutes’ someone in the United States is sexually assaulted,” Neidig said.  “My goal was to reach out to those who have been sexually assaulted and tell my story so they don’t feel alone.  That is something that often happens when someone is sexually assaulted.”

 

The book tells the story of Neidig growing up and forcing herself to forget that she was assaulted as a child.  Neidig says through her story she hopes to help others realize that they are not alone.  “There is a pain.  There is a shame.  There is a feeling that somehow it is the person’s fault,” she said.  “Like, when I was 2-years-old, the person that assaulted me told me that if I told anybody he would let the ghosts out of the attic.  That’s a very frightening thing for a 2-year-old.  It was terrifying.  And there are all kinds of threats to keep that silence.”

 

Neidig’s book is called “Every Two Minutes.”  Transitions, the Comprehensive Crime Victim Center serving Union, Snyder and Northumberland Counties is sponsoring a book signing Thursday from 6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. at the Barnes and Nobel in Lewisburg.  Neidig was a guest on WKOK Sunrise Tuesday morning.  (Codi Jade)

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