Deborah Levison is shining the spotlight on abuse and the evils surrounding it. The Trumbull resident has written a story about a trauma that shocked her family. \u201cThe story started in 2010, with a violent crime that rocked my family. We discovered a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and hidden on our property north of Toronto,\u201d said Levison, a native of Canada who moved here in 1996. \u201cWe weren\u2019t prepared for the horrific contents of the crate.\u201d Levison has taken that shock to create The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice, which was released June 19. The finding was something they never thought would happen, she said. Her family was just plain freaked out. \u201cThe discovery left my family reeling,\u201d she said. \u201cIt was in all the headlines, my brother was a murder suspect, we had young kids to shield. But the worst part was that my elderly parents were traumatized. The discovery dredged up their terrible memories of their experiences in the Holocaust and forced them to confront violence yet again.\u201d In perhaps a way to heal through the ordeal, she began to write. \u201cIn the book I talk about the seemingly limitless human capacity for evil \u2026 evil in the past, and evil in the present,\u201d said Levison. \u201cThose first days after the discovery were filled with horror and anger and a huge sense of violation,\u201d she said. \u201cBut once we identified the victim, and once we learned the horrible circumstances surrounding the crate, it hit me: everything we were feeling was nothing compared to what the victim\u2019s family was going through. I realized I could give the victim a voice.\u201d Besides giving the victim a chance to \u201cspeak,\u201d Levison said she is shining light on abuse. \u201cWomen and men who have been abused now have global platforms like the #MeToo movement in which to be heard,\u201d she said. \u201cAt the same time, I wanted to preserve my parents\u2019 memories from the Holocaust. Fewer and fewer survivors remain, and the voices of denial are loud. I wanted to preserve my parents\u2019 stories.\u201d Levison admits it took her \u201clonger than it should have\u201d to finish this story. \u201cI did two things wrong: first, I had a bad habit of editing and polishing as I went along, which slowed things down,\u201d she said. \u201cSecond, I didn\u2019t start with an outline.\u201d She had written several chapters with a general idea of what direction she wanted her story to take when an editor told her something. \u201cShe likened writing a book to building a house: she said you have to frame the house before you can decorate the rooms,\u201d said Levison. \u201cAll told, it took about a year and a half to two years.\u201d The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice will also be available in audio format. \u00a0 The book is available at the Barnes and Noble website, Fairfield University Bookstore or www.debbielevison.com.