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Marie has taken an interest in the welfare of children for many years. Her own parents have served as guardians for the foster care system for more than a decade, giving Marie the opportunity to meet many children who have come from troubled backgrounds. All too often, the children Marie encountered were victims of sexual abuse, either at the hands of their biological parents or while living in one of the temporary foster homes in which they had been placed.
Marie saw the lasting effects that a child who is the victim of abuse can carry well into adulthood and made the decision to be their advocate through her talents as a writer.
With her childhood experiences and determined personality working together to form her career goals, Marie Crist became a student of criminology with the intention of becoming a forensic anthropologist. Her attention turned to her family, however, when she became a mother. The birth of her own children added another element, this time intensely personal, to her efforts to create a safe world for the most innocent members of our society. As her young family grew and her kids started school, Marie realized that her love of writing would be the ideal avenue for her desire to be an advocate for children while continuing to make her own home the primary focus.
Through the pages of The Citizen Chronicles: Citizen Out, Marie Crist is able to use her first-hand knowledge of children who have been abused and the adults in our society who feel compelled to protect them to create a powerful statement about justice and our role as individuals in strengthening our communities. While we certainly are not all intended to operate within a secretive and complex organization to eliminate the evildoers in our society, Marie challenges us to think about the time and energy we give to our own families and to make a greater investment, in one way or another, to improving the lives of those around us. It is through her personal encounters with victims of abuse and her observations in diverse social compositions around our country that Marie is able to provide a strong testament about the role of each citizen.