Blog Tour: Guest Post by Cheryl Rainfield

To conclude Writing, Reading, and Healing week, I am excited to share a guest post from Cheryl Rainfield, the author of Scars. She has also graciously donated a signed copy of Scars; fill out the form at the bottom of this post for a chance to win this great book. My review of Scars is available here. If you would like to learn more about Scars and earn additional chances to win a copy, check out the rest of the tour stops here.


Self-injury and sexual abuse are still considered very taboo topics, particularly when dealing with young adults. It takes a great deal of courage to bring these issues to light in a fictional setting, and an even great amount to reveal the personal experiences that inspired your writing. On your website, you speak about the need for authors to write emotional truths, and refer to the following quote from Barara Greenwood:

“Children read to learn what might happen to them next. As writers, we have an obligation to be honest in our writing. We’ve lived longer, had more thoughts about our experiences; we know what life is like. We need to be as honest as we can about our experiences. We do children a disservice if we present life in a sentimental light. We need to be completely honest, as long as we use common sense about the type of experiences that are suitable to the readers’ ages. Children want to know what might happen next. A story is a safe place for them to experience dangerous situations. When a child reader finds him/herself in a real-life dangerous situation, they can remember the lesson they learned from the book.”

What is the ultimate lesson you hope readers will learn from your book? In what ways do you hope young adults will be more prepared for “what might happen next” after having read Scars?

Also, would you be willing to write briefly about the organizations you are supporting with some of the profits from Scars?


I hope that readers will get from Scars that they can find safety, healing, and love, and that it’s important to not give up. I hope they’ll get that none of us ever deserves to be hurt, not even by ourselves. And I hope that people will come away with a greater compassion for and understanding of people who use self-harm, and that people who use self-harm or have been through abuse or are queer will feel less alone.

I think some teens, having read Scars, may be more prepared to recognize, deal with, or support a friend who may be being abused or be using self-harm to cope—or, if it is their own experience, I hope they will learn that they can reach out for help, talk to others, and find some happiness. I also think that some readers may be more open to queer friends. A few readers have told me that they saw so much of themselves and their experiences in Scars, and that they’re going to share Scars with friends to help them understand. I’m delighted about that.

In a more general sense, I think Scars can help readers understand some of the possible effects of sexual abuse and trauma.

The two organizations that I am donating some of my profits from Scars to are:

The Toronto Rape Crisis Center/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR)

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Both organizations support survivors of abuse, especially of rape, sexual abuse, incest, and ritual abuse, and provide needed understanding, compassion, and support. Both provide an awareness and understanding that supports and helps victims and survivors, rather than blames them.

I used the TRCC/MWAR a few times myself over the years—once when I was first remembering the abuse and planning to run away (I ran away within a week of remembering my parents abused me. I went to a shelter because I knew I couldn’t survive on the streets.). I am so grateful that the TRCC/MWR was there. It helped to know that I could call for support and be believed, if I needed to, and that both organizations believed and understood about ritual abuse.

Both organizations provide crisis support via phone and email, and are, I think, incredibly important for survivors and those who care about us.


If you would like to enter to win a signed copy of Scars, just fill out this form.

This giveaway will end October 1st at 12:01 AM. Unfortunately, this contest is US only unless you pay for shipping or have a friend/relative in the US who can mail your prize to you. You must be 13 or older to enter. Lastly, the winner will have 48 hours from the time they are contacted to accept their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

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