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Lawrence D. Elliott

Author, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' contributor, Toastmasters International member

Lawrence D. Elliott is an author who has had many stories published in many popular books, including four from the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Lawrence is a member of Toastmasters International. He's also been interviewed for such radio programs as The Daily Wrap from The Wall Street Journal with Michael Castner. Originally from San Diego, California, he is currently living in Ontario, California, working on several writing projects. You can connect with Lawrence through Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. You can also visit his website at
What Would You Do if Your Spouse Was Your

What Would You Do if Your Spouse Was Your Rapist?

This week, I had a drink with a very good friend. He's currently in a relationship with a wonderful woman whose ex-husband, the father of her children also happens to be the man who raped and brutally sodomized her for the last four years of their nine-year marriage. No one believed the story of her ordeal. No one in her family. Not one of her friends. Disbelief is a cruel after-effect of rape. It's also the trump card of the rapist. The burden is all too often placed on the victim, not the perpetrator. And when it's a spouse, he knows how to make the victim feel so worthless, guilty and low, that she'll avoid doing what is necessary.
06/11/2013 07:49 EDT
Don't Tell Me to Calm Down Over Trayvon's

Don't Tell Me to Calm Down Over Trayvon's Death

I understand having Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson involved drives many people absolutely nuts. But here's an idea: The next time an unarmed 17-year-old black boy is shot with nothing more than a can of iced tea, a pack of Skittles, and a cell phone, make sure the system does its job from the beginning.
04/06/2012 05:58 EDT