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May 29, 2024

Saprea Partners With Paperdolls & Cowboy Boots Authors April Daniels and Carol Scott

Saprea, a Utah-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to empowering survivors of child sexual abuse, through healing, sharing stories, and advocating for prevention education to protect future generations. The co-authors of Paperdolls & Cowboy Boots, April Daniels and Carol Scott, have pledged 30% of the sales proceeds from their January 2024 revised book release to support Saprea's crucial work.

The revised edition of the original 1992 book title Paperdolls & Cowboy Boots now includes “the true events of the subsequent decades” offering additional context for what took place in the authors lives and those involved since the story was published. Although child sexual abuse is a systemic problem across the globe, this story spotlights the harrowing and inspiring journey of two women in Utah who were connected by a common perpetrator in different ways. Their shared story unequivocally reflects the critical necessity of seeking and receiving support following the trauma of child sexual abuse.

Recently Utah Women and Leadership Project studies found that 40% of Utahns don't view child sexual abuse as a significant problem in their communities, contrasting with recent studies reporting that every year millions of U.S. children experience sexual abuse by age 18, with 80% of cases involving known perpetrators.

Dr. Betsy Kanarowski PhD, LCSW, Saprea's Chief Clinical Officer, emphasizes the insidious nature of child sexual abuse, noting that it often thrives in secrecy and isolation, impacting individuals, families, and communities. She emphasizes the transformative power of survivors sharing their stories, stating, "There is immense healing power in a survivor's voice and the sharing of their personal narrative with others."

“There is immense healing power in a survivor's voice and the sharing of their personal narrative with others.”
—Betsy Kanarowski PhD, LCSW, Chief Clinical Officer at Saprea

Since 2014, over 5,500 women have attended Saprea Retreats, where they connected with fellow survivors of child sexual abuse. Matthew Hartvigsen, Saprea's Executive Director, emphasizes the impact of peer support, stating, “We witness firsthand the positive outcomes of survivors supporting one another. Our partnership with authors Scott and Daniels aligns perfectly with our mission, strengthening our ability to provide survivors with healing services, relieving them and their families of any financial burden."

Chris Yadon, Managing Director at Saprea, underscores the importance of creating safe spaces for survivors to openly discuss their experiences, which reduces shame, nurtures self-compassion, and empowers other survivors to share their voice. “Empowering survivors not only liberates individuals but also fuels societal and cultural change, breaking cycles of abuse for future generations.”

“Empowering survivors not only liberates individuals but also fuels societal and cultural change, breaking cycles of abuse for future generations.”
—Chris Yadon, Managing Director at Saprea

“I knew abuse would always be part of my life, just not the main part of my life, and it doesn’t define who I am. My focus is helping survivors recognize the value of life," remarked Daniels. “Saprea plays a crucial role in swiftly disseminating the message of healing and I wholeheartedly endorse their endeavors."

Carrying on the mission of hope and healing, the authors’ revised edition of Paperdolls & Cowboy Boots shines as a beacon of hope, offering solace and inspiration that life is worth living. Through their work with Saprea, they hope to encourage individuals to get professional therapy, find healing resources and advocate for prevention education. For more information, visit Paperdolls & Cowboy Boots and Saprea.

About Carol Scott, April Daniels, and Paperdolls & Cowboy Boots:
Psychologist Carol Scott, a grandmother, came face-to-face with the sexual molestation of her grandchildren by her son-in-law and others. Incest survivor April Daniels repressed the memory of her abuse by her father and neighbors for over twenty years. The shocking revelation that Carol’s grandchildren and April were abused by the same person, was the catalyst for sharing their story to help survivors know that life is worth living. (Carol has since passed away.)
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