The author will share recovery from addiction with Maine Virtual Book Club

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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A victims’ rights expert, herself a survivor of substance abuse and abuse, wants to connect with adults in Maine through a virtual book club.

Jennifer Storm of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, is an international speaker with over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and government relations. She has over 23 years of active recovery.

After attending the previous Literary Session offered by Aroostook Mental Health Services of Près Isle, Storm reached out to club organizers. When she offered to share her book “Blackout Girl: Tracing My Scars from Addiction and Assault,” they jumped at the chance. The third virtual book club will begin on January 20.

Amber Rankine, sexual assault client advocate for AMHC Sexual Assault Services in Fort Kent, and community sexual assault educator Dawn Casella, based in the health organization’s Caribou office mental, are the organizers of the club.

“For her to be so willing to honor our team and honor those we serve within our book clubs was nothing but an honor and we couldn’t have even thought of saying no once the opportunity showed up,” Rankine said.

Storm has advocated for victims in high-profile cases, where she has assisted survivors of abuse by Jerry Sandusky, Bill Cosby, and Catholic clergy. She served as the Victims Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 2013 to 2021.

“Jennifer is a very passionate and genuine person. Her struggles and triumphs through survival and addiction are inspiring and eye-opening,” Rankine said.

The virtual book club will be accessible to anyone over the age of 18 in Maine. There is no limit to the number of people who can register, but the book club can only provide 15 copies of the books. Once these are distributed, new members will need to purchase their own.

AMHC is requiring a screening for the book club, which will be a short Zoom session where Rankine and Casella meet with attendees.

Interested participants should email sas-info@ amhc.org for information.

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