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PAGE 2-A - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - MARCH 30, 2000 Victim as a Child - Inspiration to Others as an A I By Bryan GetarlStaff A SURVIVOR of abuse and incest victim as a child, Susan Kesegich has written a book, "Twisted Roots of Evil" to speak out on behalf of children who are victims of this horrible crime. HAVE YOU BEEN DENIED AUTO LOANS DUE TO YOUR PAST CREDIT HISTORY? rLAND WAN GOOD CREDIT, BAD CREDIT, NO CREDIT ?! ? By Bryan Geter Associate Editor A former HogansviUe resi- dent, Susan Kesegich, now a Destin, Florida area resident wants to tell the world her story. For years Susan carried around the guilt and pain that comes with being a victim of incest and phys- ical abuse. That was until she decided to speak out about her past instead of holding it in. Susan was born in Atlanta, but lived most of her childhood years in Troup and Newton Counties. Her rural, backwoods type of upbringing gave no indication of the strength she possessed. As a young child, she suffered the horror of incest. She was abused, beaten, and forced to care for the entire family while her mother worked and her father stayed home. "I never had a childhood," said Kesegich. "I had to grow up at a very young age and accept responsibility others took on many years later in their life." This 'maturity beyond her years' has served Susan well while she gives advice to other survivors of abuse and incest. "The fact at I went through the same thing so many others are trying to overcome, gives added weight to my words," Kesegich explains. "People tend to listen to someone when they know you have suffered what they are feel- ing." She did not start out to be an advocate, it happened mostly by chance... "Around 1989, I did not talk much about what had happened to me as a child. I felt it was my pain and I should not burden oth- ers with it. Then a friend who knew about the abuse I endured growing up asked me to talk to a friend of theirs who also had been abused growing up. "As we talked about the feel- ings this person had bottled up inside her, I realized how much better I felt talking about my own pain," she said. "I was not only able to help her but help myself as well. I thought there must be many other women who would benefit from opening up about the pain from their past." With the help and encourage- ment of her husband, Susan start- ed to write down her memories while finding avenues to help other victims. She volunteered at a local Council to Prevent Child Abuse office. While there she worked with abused children as well as counseling teenage moth- ers. She helped them understand the difficulties they were going to face and to not let any kind of abuse happen to their child. Another volunteer effort she undertook was training to be a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) representative. This training taught her laws, chil- dren's rights, negotiation tech- niques, and many other strate- gies to use in this position where she would be the court appoint- ed 'voice' for the child in court cases. Ultimately she decided to take it to another level. "I want to reach as many people as possible," Kesegich said. In the summer of 1999, Kesegich decided to put all the notes and ramblings she had been Keep Beneficiary Information Current GALL TODAY for a quick over the phone qualification. 706-652-1259 14388-724-2277 TOLL FREE writing into book form. In con- junction with her book, "Twisted Roots of Evil," she and her hus- band Steve launched a web site (www.twist-of-fate.com) for sur- vivors where they can send their stories and poems of hope and survival. "You don't realize how many people have suffered as chil- dren," she said. "I want to do my 786-1823. The price i own small part in helping as many $17.95 plus $2.50 of them as possible realize they handling. did nothing wrong. victim of a crime. B I will feel like I hay itive contribution tx "Twisted Roots out in December. t copy is available byl Kesegich at ' Publishing Co., E Destin, FL 32540 or i!! Author Provtdes to Abuse Survivor I By Bryan Geter it's your father d [! sociate Editor ing?" Kesegich no victims the chancel cate with someone through the pain tlu ing by logging onto http'J/www.twist-of- Kesegichtoldth last week she and have emptied theft into the book. 'Tee ! for money as some i In an effort to help, Kesegich do the purchase price book sold to a diff every month. Evena wants to open a faC people can go for inf lowship, or a place t abuse. She is available groups or for media Her book, Twisted It is available on-line at or by calling toll fro 1823. She is also a speaking engagem Susan is curren a book about a your was living on the Atlanta, addicted cocaine, and how sh drugs and the street An abuse and incest victim as a child, Susan Kesegich has strug- gled to understand how this crime could have happened to her and her sisters. Born into a poor, rural family that often went without food, electricity and plumbing, Kesegich and her four siblings suffered extreme neglect and sexual, mental and physical abuse. Spurred by an overwhelming desire to help other victims of incest and abuse, Susan wrote Twisted Roots of Evil to raise a voice against this horrible crime against children. "One of the main reasons that I wrote Twisted Roots of Evil is because there are a lot of people out there who are still being abused or who were abused. People can surviveghis and still live a normal life," Kesegich said. For victims to know they have someone they can turn to for advice and compassion is a neces- sity in our modern society. Susan did not have that. She said, "I wanted a father I could run to ff someone was hurting me. But what are you supposed to do when Many Georgia veterans may be running the risk of having unintended beneficiaries collect on their insurance simply because they have failed to keep their beneficiary designations current. "For example," said Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Pete Wheeler, "if a veter- an marries after taking out his GI Insurance and doesn't remem- ber to name his bride as benefi- ciary, most likely the veteran's parents would still be the desig- nated beneficiaries." Wheeler added, 'q'hen there's the all-too-frequent case where a veteran gets a divorce, remarries but forgets to update his insur- ance by naming his new wife as beneficiary. Unfortunately, the veteran's first wife remains the legal beneficiary." Another regrettable situation develops, Wheeler said, "when a veteran has additional children born since he last made a bene- ficiary designation, and he fails to add their names as beneficia- ries. Upon the death of the veter- an, these later children do not share in the veteran's insurance benefits." Wheeler said that veterans should help their families avoid a lot of confusion and unpleas- antness by periodically review- ing their insurance policies and making any changes necessary to keep designated beneficiaries up to date. "It is vitally important that veterans keep the VA advised of any changes in their family sta- tus," Wheeler concluded, "because insurance policy bene- ficiaries cannot be changed by a 'last will and testament." Any Georgia Department of Veterans Service office will glad- ly assist veterans in updating ben- eficiary designations on their insurance policies. * Any where In Georgla/Alabama - Any slze Parcel Remax Pride 1-800-335 4Mail: GA2LandMan@aol.com . 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Georgia's Best Contractors "Your Local Window Spedalist" .... 1-881 "WE'RE SELLING CARS FOR A s17 ACQUISITION PAYME Columbus, GA area shoppers express disbelief, but most agree paying $17 down, 3 payments of $179, 69 payments of $279 with 7.5% APR, adding only tax, title and license is too good to pass up on this "00 Olds In And the best deal of all is it only takes minutes for approved credit on this offer. $18,995. Great deal t Columbus,GA-J.R. Rodgers, Sales Manager of Bill Heard Oldsmobile/Cadillac announced plans today for a special sales event that allows customers' to take over payments with a new contract and purchase any new or pre-owned vehicle for an incredible low $17 down. The event is not regularly made available to the public at large. This dealer apparently believes that special interest groups are not the only ones entitled to a price break of this magnitude. The 5-day sale begins fhis Wednesday, March 29th through Sunday, April 2nd, rain or shine. Rogers offers a simple explanation for this unprecedented sale, "'We're overstocked with hundreds of high quality vehicles from lease turn- ins, distressed loan situations, repossessions, new vehicle duplications and more." He adds, "I can't remember the last time so many rare opportunities were available to us at one time so we decided to let our customers take advantage of these incredible values rather than pay interest on them another day. Rogers goes on to mention, "'most of the vehicles we're offering will be at or near ridiculously discounted have or will be discontinued in the near future. Some vehicles were purchased from customers whose circumstances changed and were unable to keep the vehicle. "With only $17 down, you can take over the payments and drive home the vehicle of your dreams today!" below their original sticker prices." During this event every vehicle will be clearly marked and available for the low down payment of $17. Extended terms and special financing will be available to help reduce monthly payments or obtain credit for those who may have had challenges in the past. No application will be refused during this one time sales event. Plus, a deferred payment program will be available, allowing customers to defer payments. Many of the vehicles offered are last year's models, new vehicle duplications or others that Rogers cites one example, a 1999 Olds Intrique Stk # MK001, available for thousands below sticker. Several fully loaded 1998 Cutlass are "'Insider" - priced at only $9,999. You pay only a $17 down payment and start making payments on a new car contract with extended term 84 month payments available for only $163.53 per month at 6.5% a.p.r., plus taxes, tags and licensing fees with easy credit approval. In addition to incredible values on his hug.e inventory, Rogers is . authorized to offer thousands more than normal allowance for your old car trade-in. won't want to mis unique opportunil obtain a new or owned, car, truck, v sport utility witl unbelievably sil payment of just sere dollars! "'Better nex is that there will t credit hassles. You will be allox assume a new cur directly from the 1 Bank representative: be on hand for imme approval and relea these "insider"deals. that, it's back to bus as usual." Rogers also ren customers that it is come, first served, s critical to come m have their best char the new or pre-o vehicle of your ch This exclusive sa being held at Bill Oldsmobile/Cadi 3615 Manchester E Columbus, GA ! days only, March through April 2nd. I for the best selec