Van Derbur Only Colorado Author to Win 1st Place in National Book Competition, Writer’s Digest Honors Miss America by Day as Most Inspirational Book

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Interview Questions · What are 11 Simple Ways Parents can KEEP their CHILDREN OUT of DANGEROUS SITUATIONS? · Tell me the 3 So-called �Friendly� Places we should Warn Kids About? · What are the 7 Things you should NEVER SAY TO A SURVIVOR? · How are Child Beauty Pageants Making News Again, especially after what happened to Jon Benet Ramsey? Photo Op's In May, Marilyn is speaking at these local events. Logistic details available upon request. · Civil Air Patrol�s Cadet Protection Training Program Keynote Presentation · Adoptive Parents Group Presentation

The 11th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards has announced Colorado author Marilyn Van Derbur and her book Miss America by Day as the 1st Place Winner in its Inspirational category.

One of only nine first-place winners of 1,900 total entries, Miss America by Day won top honors of 242 books entered in the Inspirational category. Winners will be officially announced in the August 2004 issue of Writer’s Digest. Last year the same award was earned by Healing the Fisher King by Shelly Durrell.

Miss America by Day has landed on the Colorado best-seller list for 13 weeks. Miss America By Day We warns our kids about playing with fire, talking to strangers and crossing the street. We lock the doors every night and show our children how to dial 911 in an emergency. Yet many fail to realize that the greatest danger is in our homes. It is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually violated before the age of 18; 14 year olds comprise the largest number of sex offenders of any age group.

“If these statistics don’t frighten you, you are in denial,” asserts Marilyn Van Derbur, author of Miss America By Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love (Oak Hill Ridge, “But fright should not freeze you. It should inspire you to take the simple steps necessary to keep your kids safe.”

BIO of a Survivor: Marilyn Van Derbur

Marilyn Van Derbur was crowned Miss America while she was a student at the University of Colorado. She graduated with Phi Bet Kappa honors. Growing up, her well-known, highly-respected father continuously sexually assaulted her from age five to 18. When her story landed on the cover of People Magazine, there was a national outpouring of survivors who turned to her for help and support.

Van Derbur has been named the “Outstanding Woman Speaker in America” and inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. She has hosted 23 network television specials and produced 24 films, two of which won national and international awards. One was shown on prime-time PBS and eight others have been shown in hundreds of classrooms nationwide. She has become one of the most recognized authorities on the topic of sexual abuse, an educator of parents on how to keep their children safe from predators, and a resource to the professional community.

On May 1, 2004, she will address a University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work conference on adoptive parents in the morning and address sexual violation with Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Protection Training Program in the afternoon.

On May 6, 2004, The Anti-Defamation League honors Marilyn and her husband Larry with the “2004 ADL Torch of Liberty Award” as they celebrate the tradition of community work, passing the torch to their children Jennifer and Joel.

For more information on Miss America By: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love, see

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