Ive tweeted, facebooked & yammered here about the many welcoming & interesting people Ive met since our move. Joshua Safran is a prime one example. Ive invited him here today to chat about his memoir, Free Spirit, because I wanted you *all* to meet Joshua Safran, too. His story is an important one and one rarely told from the male perspective.
Carla is my friend and neighbor, and asked me to help her observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October.
For the 1 in 4 women and children who have experienced it, no explanation may be required.
For the rest, the mixture of family and violence can sometimes be unapproachable and mysterious.
The best I can do is tell you a little about my story and the work I’m doing to help raise awareness and break the cycle of violence.
As a boy I watched my mother battered and abused at the hands of my alcoholic stepfather countless times.
For over 30 years I couldn’t speak about the horror of those experiences or my own shame in not standing up for my mother.
Instead, I became a lawyer and began advocating for woman like her.
In 2011, the film Crime After Crime about my team’s 7-year legal struggle to free a woman from prison for killing her batterer went to the Sundance Film Festival and debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
What the film didn’t show, however, was the courage that my client gave me to tell my own story.
Now, I’m excited to announce that my memoir, FREE SPIRIT: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid(Hyperion/Hachette), is officially available to the world, and the critical response has been wonderful.
Yoav Potash, the producer/director of Crime After Crime, and I are also thrilled to share this incredible and one-of-a-kind short film we made together for FREE SPIRIT.
(MizFit note: The book Free Spirit? Phenomenal. The book trailer? Amazing & unlike any Ive ever seen. The subject matter? Adult. Not for kids unless youre prepared to launch some tough, important conversations.)
As we observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, please keep Crime After Crime and FREE SPIRIT in mind.
The goal of both projects is to create a bigger, more powerful national conversation about stopping family violence, to educate the uninformed about the cycle of violence that rolls on from generation to generation, and to give hope and healing to those who are still struggling to free themselves.