My name is Virginia McCullough. I am an author…and a rape survivor. Although my attack occurred many years ago, in the ‘70s, the ripple effects of that single incident remain with me today. That’s why I am donating a portion of proceeds from my book, Amber Light, to The National Sexual Violence Resource Center to help end domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Why this book? Amber Light, my fourth novel, is dedicated to those who have survived this kind of assault and in memory of those whose lives were stolen. But it is also a tribute to those who devote their careers and volunteer time to helping the victims of sexual assault with the process of healing and moving forward in their lives.
Amber Light is the fictional story of Sarah, a young woman who becomes pregnant after being sexually assaulted. In this book, I follow Sarah from age 18 to 26, chronicling her journey of healing to once again embrace life.
I once spoke to a survivor who had finally told a counselor what had happened to her almost 20 years earlier, when she was still a teenager. This woman had carried that secret all those years. Sadly, that happened far too often—I hope less so today, because of increased attention and public awareness.
Amber Light is available in both print and digital formats at Amazon and Barnes&Noble. Since the book’s launch in 2014, Virginia McCullough has used proceeds from her book sales to benefit assault victims. Her April campaign is a way to join the other individuals, groups and organizations working to educate the public about domestic violence and sexual assault.
Learn more about multipublished author Virginia McCullough online at www.virginiamccullough.com.
For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center online at www.nsvrc.org.
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