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This former Miss America is also the author of Miss America by Day which chronicles her journey to becoming a survivor of sexual abuse by her millionaire father.
Marilyn Van Derbur was crowned Miss America while she was a student at the University of Colorado. She went on to become a successful motivational speaker. Because of her work motivating adults and teenagers, she was named “Outstanding Woman Speaker in America”, inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, and was the first woman given the highest speaking award possible by the National Speakers Association. She has produced 24 films, two of which won national and international awards.
As a childhood incest survivor, she speaks nationwide about sexual abuse prevention and recovery. Additionally, she has devoted much of her adult life to raising national awareness and understanding of sexual abuse and its long-term effects. In 1993, she co-founded two national not-for-profit organizations, the American Coalition for Abuse Awareness and One Voice, dedicated to public education and strengthening laws protecting victims of sexual abuse.
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