Come see me at BookHampton Sag Harbor 8/21 at 5 PM!

Hi, lovely summer friends! My favorite bookstore in the world, Bookhampton, is hosting me on Sunday, August 21st at 5 PM in the Sag Harbor store. Come one, come all as I discuss how being in the Hamptons pretty much saved my sanity in the onset of The Letter and the years that followed. I’ve come full circle and am very excited.

Later that evening, RAINN is hosting a wonderful “Bowl for RAINN” event from 6 to 11 pm at East Hampton Bowl with Mick Foley, our wonderful supporter. So tie on your bowling shoes after the book party and head on over for drinks, dancing and support of RAINN. Couldn’t be a better Sunday out East, now could it?

The book is here!

Have you read “Crash Into Me” yet? Available at Amazon.com, bn.com, borders.com and most independent bookstores. Feel free to leave a comment/review here or on the sites. Thank you to ICM, Bloomsbury, my great team and my family. We’ll be posting appearances and signing as we merge this blog into a new one soon.

I took a long vacation from blogging!


I hope you all don’t mind – it’s been a tough year. That said, I expect to return to blogging with the release of my book, “Crash Into Me”. The book will be out on January 4 in stores and is now available for pre-sale. I have much to say about justice and injustice and I will provide you with links to other worthy sites. To say I’ve been lazy is not true – just raising two young babies, writing, running a company and moving to a new place.

I love all of you. Thank you for following! I promise to update – there have been so very many egregious cases in the news. Tell me what you want to discuss!

FDLS Polygamist Jessop found guilty of sexual assault.

You all may remember this story about the Texas ranch where older men had entered into marriages with tweens and teens. It seems Raymond Jessop has been found guilty of sexual assault of a minor. His sentencing should happen today.

When sects or cults hide behind religious beliefs to do harm and violate the laws of our nation, I don’t think that freedom of religion should apply, just as in those cases where parents deny terminally ill children treatment when their religion dictates prayer as the only form of healing.

I expect many more cases to come out of the Texas ranch.

A century later, justice for the family of Tom Joyner.

If you don’t know who Tom Joyner is, take a listen to his wildly popular, nationally syndicated radio show. I’ve been listening to him since the early 90s.

His two great uncles were wrongfully executed for the 1913 murder of a Confederate soldier and given the electric chair. Seems they had the wrong guys. This past week, the state of South Carolina officially pardoned the two wrongfully executed men, giving Joyner’s family the peace they so richly deserved.

Interestingly enough, Joyner did not know of the wrongful death until Skip Gates (White House beer and “teaching moment”) told him of the story.

Bravo!

Lavinia Masters is one incredible woman.

I have so much praise for this woman and her fortitude. Keep going! Read about her story here.

It’s the sad truth that the statute of limitations has run out on her case, ergo, they cannot prosecute her now positively identified attacker. Perhaps we should strengthen THOSE laws if we are finally going to get to the millions of DNA samples that have been languishing. If we get to them quicker, we’ll be able to prosecute more cases, imprison more perpetrators and free those wrongfully accused. If we have a combined effort of testing the samples faster and lengthening the SOL’s, we could have some measure of success in the middle. Alas, we’ve got a long way to go.

We have the technology! Press on, Lavinia!

The only time I have semi-agreed with Joe Francis!

Joe Francis, founder of “Girls Gone Wild” empire and former jailbird, was in Washington DC this past weekend marching for gay right. Yes, you read that correctly. In a rare show of common sense, (he still made it about him), he said that he was marching not for gay rights, but for civil rights and the rights of all people. That would include himself and what he does for a living.

Whatever the motivation, I’m glad he did it. Doesn’t change my opinion of what he does, but I salute his decision to march and hope he learned something!

A brave woman in Colorado deserves our praise.

Today, a friend sent me an article about a cold case in Colorado in which the victim is pressing on, nine years later. Bravo to her. Read the article and decide for yourself. The most troubling part of the article, though, is the comments section. It’s amazing that people blame her for her own rape because she was intoxicated.

Because, naturally, she wanted to end up covered in blood and mud having “had sex” with two men. That’s normal, right? I love her for her courage in coming forward. It is really hard to be public about this because a) you are then known primarily for the fact that you are a rape victim and not a daughter, wife, mom, hard worker, etc. and b) you need to endure the crazies on blog boards.

I honestly believe that one should have to register a credit card with their real name in order to comment on a blog. So many anonymous cowards, holding forth about something they have no experience with. Bravo, Julie Stene! Bravo!

Thank you, Queen Latifah!


The Queen has recently opened up to Essence magazine about the childhood sexual abuse she endured by a male babysitter. As always, when a celebrity opens up (see: Tim Roth, Teri Hatcher, Gabrielle Union), it rips the stigma away and helps real people to understand that sexual abuse is not a life sentence and that one can live a life of promise and excellence.

Says the Queen, “He violated me,” shares Latifah in the new issue of Essence. “I never told anybody. I just buried it as deeply as I could and kept people at an arms length. I never really let a person get too close to me. I could have been married years ago, but I had a commitment issue.”

So true. Thank you for not being silenced. Be strong.

Barack Obama, my man.

Yes, we can. Read about it here. This man has young girls and I give him my utmost respect for this decision.

Tell me what you think.