Local author to hold book signing as an advocate for child abuse prevention

Pamela-Book Signing

Pamela Elaine Lockridge will hold a book signing at the Natchitoches Parish Library (third floor) on Saturday, April 28 from 2-4 pm. This is part of an “Against all Abuse” seminar to help end child sexual abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The seminar will also feature Jenny Lemoine, with Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.

Pamela published her book “I was a Whore at Four: The Redemptive Story of a Child Sex Slave” in February, 2018. It details her journey as a child sex slave from the age of 4 until she was 18.

Pamela was sexually abused by her mother’s second husband. Her book reveals the profound turns in her life that revealed truths about her past sexual abuse, when she was forced to deal with her former child sexual abuse.

Her abuser confessed to the police in 2012, which triggered Pamela’s repressed memories. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens during the next 5 years of litigation and what the Louisiana Supreme Court’s final decision was in January, 2017. Her abuser is alive and free to this day at 78-years-old.

“I wrote the book to give a voice and hope to victims everywhere,” said Pamela. “I want my book to help them get on the fast track to becoming advocates for child abuse prevention and sexual assault awareness.”

She also wrote the book as a form of therapy to cope with her repressed memories. During graduate school to earn a social work degree Pamela came across different theories such as Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ five stages of death and dying (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance). Pamela took these stages and used them as the titles for the chapters in her book, adding three of her own stages (Closure, Striving and Thriving).

Each chapter is based on a different stage of her journey. “I want to show people that they can get on this journey with me,” said Pamela. “I want to open up a serious and expansive dialogue for the protection of all children from sexual abuse. Silence is consent. Abusers think differently than we do and we have to be vocal and pay attention in order to send them a strong message: They will be found out.”

One way Pamela says children are being given a voice is through Erin’s law within the public school system. Erin’s Law requires personal body safety be taught every year to grades Pre-K through 12. It teaches students the difference between safe and unsafe touches, safe and unsafe secrets, and how to get away and tell today if they are being abused.

“I wish Erin’s Law had been in effect when I was younger,” said Pamela. “I, like many other victims, remained silent because I didn’t have a strong support system. We [Pamela and Jenny Lemoine] want to hear from victims and connect them to a support system that can bring them healing and wholeness.”

To purchase a copy of Pamela’s book email her at lock14@bellsouth.net. It’s also available online at Amazon, Books A Million, Barnes and Noble and Ebooks.

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