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“The ABC’s of Non-Consent” is a short illustrated poem written from love and available on Amazon. Its words are simple, straightforward, yet powerful and its aim is to help parents talk with their kids about what is, and what is not consent.
When my daughter was about to embark on her freshman year at college, I began therapeutically jotting down my own thoughts and fears after seeing a high school program about rape on campus. Somehow, unplanned, my scribblings and doodles evolved into a poem and then into book about consent. Through poetry and illustration, I've outlined different examples and scenarios that a young person can find themselves in, such as accepting a ride home, going on a date or dancing at a party. I also try to explain simply what means "yes" and what means "no".
This book's intent is to help prompt those "carpool conversations" about how behavior or appearance does not demonstrate intent. My hope is that it helps assist parents when speaking to their kids, of any gender, by creating a dialogue that will help them understand this important subject.
It has been a wonderful experience writing, designing and self publishing this book. It was reviewed in Harvard University's student run paper, The Harvard Independent, and I was asked to write a guest blog post about respect on Character.org after sending them a copy of my book.
The ABC's of Non-Consent Goes to Hollywood...
In participation with The Artisan Group®, I participated in GBK's 2019 Golden Globes Luxury Celebrity Gift Lounge, where I gifted over 75 copies of my book to celebrities, VIPs and select members of the press. Some of the celebrities who took a photo op with my book at the event were...
Beth Hall - an actress and writer, known for her role as Wendy on “Mom as well as Caroline on “Mad Men”.
Kennedy Lea Slocum - an actress, known for The Kids Are Alright (2018), The Real O'Neals (2016) and #SquadGoals (2018).
Indya Moore - an actress, writer, director, model and social activist. She currently plays a leading role as "Angel" in Ryan Murphy's FX TV series POSE.
Erick Lopez - an actor who has
appeared in various roles on shows like Shameless, NCIS, Castle and Switched at Birth.
The Artisan Group's Mother's Day Celebrity Gift Baskets
I also participated in the 2018/2019 Mother's Day gift baskets from The Artisan Group. Each one of the high profile celebrities in the photo collage, who had babies in those years, received a copy of my book.
You're Never Too Old to Learn Your ABC's.