Natasha Sinel

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As many as 40% of children who are sexually abused are abused by older, or more powerful children.

Researchers estimate that 38% of child victims disclose the fact that they have been sexually abused. Of these, 40% tell a close friend, rather than an adult or authority. These “friend-to-friend” disclosures do not always result in reports. This means that the vast majority of child sexual abuse incidents are never reported to authorities.

Sexually abused children who keep it a secret or who "tell" and are not believed are at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems, often lasting into adulthood.*

*Information on childhood sexual abuse from RAINN and Darkness to Light websites.


 

In THE FIX, I wanted to give voice to these children—the ones who keep their abuse a secret because they’re ashamed, confused, and afraid, the ones who don’t tell because they’re unsure that their experience even matters.

When I was at summer camp after fifth grade, one of my bunkmates knew a lot more about sex than the rest of us. She had two older brothers, and hinted that one of them had taught her what she should do when she started hooking up with boys. She thought she was cool because she knew more than we did. But she was one of those larger than life girls who told stories that were always borderline outrageous, so we didn’t believe her. I lost touch with her after that summer.

When I started writing about Macy, figuring out what made her so angry, I thought about that girl from camp, and I wondered…maybe she wasn’t making those stories up. Maybe she had been sexually abused. And then I wondered what happened to her. What had she been like as a seventeen-year-old? Had she ever told? Had she ever realized that what happened was not something to brag about but rather something that had the power to destroy her well-being, all the way into adulthood? Did she know about RAINN? Did she call? Once I started down this road, I couldn’t stop. And as I did more research and learned how common this type of abuse is yet how incredibly underreported, I knew that this was a story that I needed to tell.


Every survivor's story is unique. RAINN gives every victim a safe place to speak up. Your donation, however big or small, will make an impact. Just $10, the price of one lunch, will help one survivor to take the first step toward reclaiming his or her life.


Donate now and I'll email you a cool downloadable badge to show your support on social media.

AND, here are some fun incentives to think about as you select your donation amount*:

$25-49 - Signed bookmark

$50-99 - Signed bookmark and sticker

$100+ - Signed bookmark, sticker AND a signed copy of THE FIX (or if you already have a copy, you can choose another 2015 debut author book)

*Please note, you may hear from me to confirm your mailing address.


Thank you for your support!

Natasha Sinel

Author of THE FIX

 


One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.

A conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy Lyons out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.

The Fix follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that comes with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.

"A powerful story of healing..."Kirkus Reviews

“A bewitching, beautiful, and brave debut. An important story of one girl's journey to rewrite the blueprint of her own life by facing the truth inside herself.” —Carrie Mesrobian, award-winning author of Sex & Violence and Perfectly Good White Boy

"Sinel's unflinchingly honest writing dissects the lies we tell ourselves to cope with trauma, and reveals the power we seize when we finally decide to see the truth." —Marie Jaskulka, author of The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy

http://natashasinel.com

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As many as 40% of children who are sexually abused are abused by older, or more powerful children.

Researchers estimate that 38% of child victims disclose the fact that they have been sexually abused. Of these, 40% tell a close friend, rather than an adult or authority. These “friend-to-friend” disclosures do not always result in reports. This means that the vast majority of child sexual abuse incidents are never reported to authorities.

Sexually abused children who keep it a secret or who "tell" and are not believed are at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems, often lasting into adulthood.*

*Information on childhood sexual abuse from RAINN and Darkness to Light websites.


 

In THE FIX, I wanted to give voice to these children—the ones who keep their abuse a secret because they’re ashamed, confused, and afraid, the ones who don’t tell because they’re unsure that their experience even matters.

When I was at summer camp after fifth grade, one of my bunkmates knew a lot more about sex than the rest of us. She had two older brothers, and hinted that one of them had taught her what she should do when she started hooking up with boys. She thought she was cool because she knew more than we did. But she was one of those larger than life girls who told stories that were always borderline outrageous, so we didn’t believe her. I lost touch with her after that summer.

When I started writing about Macy, figuring out what made her so angry, I thought about that girl from camp, and I wondered…maybe she wasn’t making those stories up. Maybe she had been sexually abused. And then I wondered what happened to her. What had she been like as a seventeen-year-old? Had she ever told? Had she ever realized that what happened was not something to brag about but rather something that had the power to destroy her well-being, all the way into adulthood? Did she know about RAINN? Did she call? Once I started down this road, I couldn’t stop. And as I did more research and learned how common this type of abuse is yet how incredibly underreported, I knew that this was a story that I needed to tell.


Every survivor's story is unique. RAINN gives every victim a safe place to speak up. Your donation, however big or small, will make an impact. Just $10, the price of one lunch, will help one survivor to take the first step toward reclaiming his or her life.


Donate now and I'll email you a cool downloadable badge to show your support on social media.

AND, here are some fun incentives to think about as you select your donation amount*:

$25-49 - Signed bookmark

$50-99 - Signed bookmark and sticker

$100+ - Signed bookmark, sticker AND a signed copy of THE FIX (or if you already have a copy, you can choose another 2015 debut author book)

*Please note, you may hear from me to confirm your mailing address.


Thank you for your support!

Natasha Sinel

Author of THE FIX

 


One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.

A conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy Lyons out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.

The Fix follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that comes with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.

"A powerful story of healing..."Kirkus Reviews

“A bewitching, beautiful, and brave debut. An important story of one girl's journey to rewrite the blueprint of her own life by facing the truth inside herself.” —Carrie Mesrobian, award-winning author of Sex & Violence and Perfectly Good White Boy

"Sinel's unflinchingly honest writing dissects the lies we tell ourselves to cope with trauma, and reveals the power we seize when we finally decide to see the truth." —Marie Jaskulka, author of The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy

http://natashasinel.com

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