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“For fourteen years, Paula Lucas lived what looked like an ideal life as an American overseas wife: A Newsweek photojournalist husband, worldwide travel, a successful advertising, marketing and PR business, and three beautiful sons. She also hides a terrible secret—the children suffered severe child abuse, and Paula, horrific domestic violence, at the hands of her husband, making every day a nightmare. As the violence increased, so did her desperation. In 1997, she finally disclosed the abuse to her brother in California. Her family called the state department, Congress people and senators. Paula went to the American Embassy and pleaded for help. Their efforts were futile. Finally, her chance to escape materialized, thanks to a thief . . . . Sadly, this is not an isolated situation. In fact, the structure and lifestyle of living as an expatriate is almost the perfect scenario for someone to carry out abusive acts. The woman is usually unemployed, alone in a new country, trying to fit into the culture, isolated, financially dependent, and feeling vulnerable, especially if they move from one assignment to another. Unfortunately, living in this isolation often allows the abuser the opportunity to assert and maintain absolute control. This, without the worry that the company will find out, his knowledge of how the local polices handles abuse, and believing that his spouse does not have anyone to confide in and even if she does, they will see him as a hardworking person who is not capable of abuse. Net proceeds from this book support a woman or a child in need. To learn more about Paula’s organization, visit www.866uswomen.org

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