Author Sheds Light on Psychological Trauma from Sexual Violence

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Nicole Saint-Clair shares her journey to self-discovery in new novel

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Stories about sexual violence are flooding the news, but the impact of psychological harm is rarely mentioned. It’s a difficult topic of conversation and one people tend to avoid, but not Nicole Saint-Clair.

Saint-Clair wrote her first novel, “Broken Sand Dollar,” which is a memoir detailing her life changing encounter with sexual violence and the trauma it caused, leading to 30 years of unexpected but coincidental confrontations with her aggressors. The novel chronicles Saint-Clair’s experience as she restores the missing pieces.

At 19-years-old, Saint-Clair went on a spring break trip, ready to have the time of her life with her closest friends. But she was unaware of the impact it would have on her life for years to come.

“I had such a difficult time facing the truth and wanted more than anything for it to just go away,” Saint-Clair said. “So, I started writing as therapy to help me cope, and it was such a freeing experience.”

As she reflects on her life and the path to understanding what caused years of trauma, Saint-Clair aims to become an advocate for opening the dialogue among men and women about sexual violence.

In “Broken Sand Dollar,” readers will follow Saint-Clair as she shares her difficulties related to the spring break incident that redirected the course of Saint-Clair’s life.

“Broken Sand Dollar”
By: Nicole Saint-Clair
ISBN: 978-1-49178-233-0 (sc); 978-1-49178-234-7 (electronic)
Available at iUniverse, Barnes & Noble and Amazon

About the author
The author, who writes under the pen name of Nicole Saint-Clair, is a marketing and advertising professional. Saint-Clair attended the University of South Carolina where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also has a master’s degree in management from Southern Wesleyan University. Saint-Clair previously served on the board of directors for a rape crisis center for over a decade. After suffering from an episode of PTSD caused by an encounter with sexual violence, she wrote “Broken Sand Dollar.” For more information about Saint-Clair, please visit

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