A Valley author will sign copies of his book of inspirational poetry and essays written to, and for, those who have suffered from childhood sexual abuse on Friday, Aug. 2 from 1-3 p.m. at the Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St., Shelton.
The event with writer Raymond Tucker, who was the victim of sexual abuse as a child, is free and open to the public.
“Mind Guards the Gate: A Book of Verse” includes inspirational poetry and essays written for those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, from childhood sexual abuse and trauma.
It is estimated that one in four girls and one in seven boys under the age of 12 are sexually abused by someone they know, according to publicity material for the book.
Wants to comfort victims
As a writer, Tucker said he writes about child sexual abuse as a way to comfort victims. He also writes about love and inspiration as well as the years he suffered from the effects of alcohol abuse.
“I consider it my mission in life to share what I have been through with those who share my pain through the only way I know how — through my verse,” Tucker said.
He said he has a bi-polar disorder that went undiagnosed for most of his life and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder related to being sexually abused for nine years as a child.
Plans a second book
Tucker lives in Ansonia with his wife of 15 years, his two teenage children, three cats, and one dog.
“Mind Guards the Gate: A Book of Verse” was published in June and the author is making appearances around the state to publicize the book. Tucker also is working with a publisher to release a children’s book later this year.