Judith Dawn Memorial Fund for the Arts

Jean started the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund for the Arts in memory of her cousin and fellow survivor of child sexual abuse, Judith Dawn Hickey, who died of cancer in 1998. 

The Judith Dawn Memorial Fund for the Arts is a program designed to financially help survivors of sexual assault who wish to continue creating art, but who might not have the funds to do so. Jean is a firm believer that art can be a critical healing step in a survivors life. 

If you or someone you know is eligible and wish to apply to the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund for the Arts, click here

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Dear Judith

Dear Judith is the book Jean wrote about her discovery of her child sexual abuse alongside her cousin and close friend Judith Dawn Hickey. Below is a summary of Jean's book. 

Back Cover:

"When Judith and Jean began writing to each other, neither was aware that they had been sexually abused as children. First cousins from a family with a history of violence, alcohol, and sexual abuse, they shared the next eight years of their lives through their correspondence. 

Judith's letters tell of one incest survivor's journey through flashbacks, rage, pain, and sorrow, until she rediscovers herself as an artist and begins to find healing. Jean shares her cousin's journey, and begins to confront her own memories of sexual abuse, her troubled relationships, and her professional struggles as a writer. As Judith and Jean heal and grow, together and separately, they find courage, hope, and empowerment through their love for each other.

Combining the intimacy of a diary, and the power of a confessional, Dear Judith cuts through the denial and self-serving rationalizations of a culture that continues to ask survivors of sexual abuse why they can't just "get over it." No one who reads Dear Judith will ever ask that question again."

If you wish to purchase Dear Judithclick here. All proceeds go to the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund for the Arts. 


 "Dear Judith: A Portrait of Survival" written by Jean Cozier. 

Cover artwork: "The Awakening" by Judith Dawn Hickey

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