Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story by Lynn C. Tolson has been selected as required reading in the Criminal Justice course: Issues in Domestic Violence, in the department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. Students are assigned a self-reflection paper (reaction paper) based on their thoughts/feelings associated with Tolson's memoir.
A student said, "Yes, it [Beyond the Tears] was required reading and everyone loved it!"
"I just wanted to tell you that your book was truly inspiring and helpful to me."
"My experiences resonated through Lynn’s, throughout her entire story, ranging from her feelings, to her situations, to her reactions to her experiences and to not knowing the impact her experiences have on the person she became."
Tolson says: "Sexual assault, addiction, and suicide are unsolved social problems that carry stigmas. The stigmas cast a code of silence that do not solve problems. The result from not speaking about the crime of sexual assault is too often tragic. Thus, there is a need for real stories of recovery. By bringing my dark secrets to light, it is my hope that others who have had similar experiences will know that they are not alone. Readers may explore their own emotions to open lines of communication, eliminate shame, and experience healing. I also hope that my book promotes understanding of the issues that cause individual suffering and plague our society."
Achieving acknowledgement at the academic level (for Beyond the Tears) has rewarded me with the knowledge that my story is reaching to others.