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Mar 28, 2020

Local Author/Advocate Publishes Powerful New Book on Domestic Violence

By Joanne Colella

Maureen Spataro, “Press Pause” author, speaker and founder of Because She Is

Local author and nonprofit founder Maureen Spataro has published a powerful new book, “Press Pause: The Breakdown That Rebuilt My Life and Changed a Family Legacy.”

An area resident, Maureen is the founder of the 501(c)3 organization Because She Is, which offers free support services and programs to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other abuse. A survivor herself who endured abuse starting at the age of 6 and through her adult years, she has written “Press Pause” to tell the true story of what it took to face and overcome her past trauma in order to rewrite her family legacy and to create a life she loves.

Published by Inspired Girl Books, the book explains how a beautiful woman who endured horrific things managed to heal herself and not only rebuilt her own life, but has helped others to do the same. It is no coincidence that the title is being released in April, which is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

In a statement, the publisher explained, “Maureen Spataro’s smile was the one to light up every room. She was the mom running into the classroom with cupcakes, the friend who you could lean on, the Team Mom for her daughter’s softball team. What no one knew was that behind that smile was a past that she stuffed down deep until one day when she woke up completely numb, feeling nothing at all. ‘Press Pause’ shares the story of Maureen’s breakdown and the treatment that would have her revisit the traumas from her past that she thought she had already dealt with. Finally fully unpacking the abuse she endured and the secrets she carried for decades turned into a catalyst for not only healing herself, but changing the whole trajectory of her family’s legacy.”

Since establishing Because She Is, Maureen has become known as a requested public speaker and talented writer, eloquently telling her story and raising awareness with a seamless blend of poignant empathy and subtle humor, and offering guidance to others who have faced or are facing the same challenges.

“Press Pause” is being released on Tuesday, April 7 and will be available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.