Award-winning Author and Child Abuse Survivor, Tom North, is Guest on "Stop Child Abuse Now" International Radio Show with Bill Murray - Nov. 6, 2013

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Studies show that children who experience physical, emotional and sexual abuse may be marked for life. From stress that is associated with the disruption of early brain development and impairment of the nervous and immune system, to stress that contributes to heart disease, cancer and suicide, child abuse victims are at risk.

True North - The Shocking Truth about "Yours, Mine and Ours" by Tom North - Living Now Award Gold Medal Winner

I’m looking forward to being on the show with Bill Murray and reaching out to listeners and child abuse survivors around the world, letting them know that there is help and hope.

Award-winning author and child abuse survivor, Tom North, is the featured guest on the “Stop Child Abuse Now” International Radio Show with Bill Murray, Wednesday, November 6th at 5 to 6:30 PM Pacific Time.

As the author of True North – The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours”, Tom writes about his experience as the 11th of the 20 Beardsley children, made famous in the 1968 film “Yours, Mine and Ours.” With Lucille Ball playing the role of the mother and Henry Fonda as the father, the film was a critical and box-office success. However, the loving family portrayed in the film differed dramatically from the actual Beardsley family. Tom's true story tells what it was really like to grow up in that family, taking the road less traveled through violence and despair, to hope, and eventually to self-discovery and a fulfilling life.

Tom North remarks, “I’m looking forward to being on the show with Bill Murray and reaching out to listeners and child abuse survivors around the world, letting them know that there is help and hope. Child abuse survivors don’t have to suffer alone, and there is much we can do to make a positive difference in our lives and the lives of others. I invite everyone to tune in, call in and chat online.”

The host of Monday to Friday’s “Stop Child Abuse Now” (SCAN), nationally respected public safety advocate Bill Murray, has a special mission: to address issues of child abuse. But his concerns and activism goes much deeper than that. Mr. Murray is best know as the founder of LA Community Policing, his reaction to the events of 9-11. For the past 11 years he’s published its web site, at LACP.org, which encourages residents to engage in public safety, homeland security and in helping their neighbors reduce crime, the fear of crime and improve the quality of life. Originally a regional non profit effort, LA Community Policing’s web site has grow to nearly 5000 pages, and long ago was identified by the US Dept of Justice as the world’s largest grassroots non profit effort devoted to community-based policing.

On January 1, 2011, the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse was launched (NAASCA.org), based on Bill’s personal life experienced. “Very few adults have escaped many years of severe child abuse, trafficking, and kidnapping. But I have, and I've been in recovery from its devastating effects for nearly 30 years. Now that my parents are both gone I've decided to devote my remaining time, money and available energy to this vitally important cause.”

Studies show that children who experience physical, emotional and sexual abuse may be marked for life. From stress that is associated with the disruption of early brain development and impairment of the nervous and immune system, to stress that contributes to heart disease, cancer and suicide, child abuse victims are at risk.

In a recent interview for Health Matters Magazine, North said, “After having grown up in an environment of child abuse and domestic violence while having to bear the added burden of covering it all up because we were a famous family, I suffered from the effects that are well-documented. My life was a mess. I was depressed, sick, angry, withdrawn and I made poor lifestyle decisions. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation (TM) and it was my first step to recovery. I’m gratified to learn that readers of my book are inspired to learn TM as they seek a brighter, more peaceful life.”

People around the world can listen in, call in and chat online during the program at: http://naasca.org/.

True North - The Shocking Truth about "Yours, Mine and Ours" by Tom North recently won a Living Now Award Gold Medal. The awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives. The paperback and e-book are available wherever books are sold.

Tom North is an Official Supporter of National CASA for Children.

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