Thursday, June 15, 2006

Can Celebrities Forgive Child Abuse?

VESTAL, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Can celebrities forgive child abuse? That’s what author Lois Einhorn wants to know.

She’s the author of a new book, Forgiveness And Child Abuse (Robert D. Reed) and also a former victim of child abuse, whose parents forced her to walk on all fours with a coat hanger in her rear end.

Einhorn sent letters to 500 famous scientists, lawyers, politicians, celebrities and death row inmates telling them her story and asking what they would do in the same situation.

She got 53 responses from folks like Ed Asner, who said he would never forgive his parents for doing such a thing, and former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who told her, “We need to understand, forgive and love.”

Meanwhile, folk singer Pete Seeger sent her the lyrics to a ditty called “Walking Down Death Row,” while former United Nations Secretary General and Nazi soldier Kurt Waldheim told her “the decision to forgive is a personal one” and added, “I hope you will be able to come to the right decision.”

Einhorn still hasn’t forgiven her parents but says the celebrity letters helped “turn forgiveness from an ‘f- word’ to a reality.”

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