Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse: Practical Self-help For Adults Who Were Sexually Abused As Children
Understanding the past-and breaking free from it-is the key to surviving childhood sexual abuse. This book can help ease the journey, with discussions of the damage caused by abuse; anxiety, fears, and nightmares; depression and low self-esteem; eating disorders and negative body image; feelings toward the abuser, and how to overcome problems and work toward prevention.
By John M. Herron "Erica Herron" - February 17, 2003
First let me say this: I commend anyone who puts out a book on this subject matter, it is brave, thoughtful, and honorable. It is a much needed genre and shouldn't be too strongly criticized. That aside, one of the few things this book suceeded in doing was convincing me that sexual abuse has a detrimental effect on the person in their adult life, something I had no need to be convinced of. It also no doubt made the average survivor feel less alone. In addition, there was one wonderful chapter about how to protect one's own children from abuse. It lacks practical use. Most of the survivors' resources (hotlines) in the back were disconnected or when actually put to use were run by characteristically undereducated people. There are no suggestions for prosecution that I recall, and virtually nada hardcore advice for dealing with the residual effects of this abuse. Overall not worth buying unless you are just now becoming aware of your own abuse and need to... read more
By D. Thompson - September 12, 2005
Although there were one or two chapters in the book that didn't pertain to me, I found this book very helpful. The exercises at the end of each chapter really made me think, and made me realize why I react the way I do to certain things. It helped that I was able to share the questions and my answers with a couple of trustworthy friends. This book gave me the incentive to want to move on to the next step in my recovery process.
I, too, have tried to contact a couple of the helplines mentioned in the back of the book, but was unable to. However, that is not a problem for me, as I can contact a local agency.
Amazing....WE Are NOT Alone....
By JuJu - July 18, 2011
I don't usually write reviews like this, but I must take the time to let all know, that are looking for something to help them get through the ravages of the effects of sexual abuse (my father) in my case, or anyone else; this book is written in a way to really help one get through it, and to understand one's confused feelings or irrational behaviour.
At first I was a bit skeptical, but thought, what can I lose? I followed instructions, did the exercises, meditated on what I was reading, kept a journal of my thoughts. If one follows these instructions, one can get the best help, without the costly professional therapy. I'm not saying that some may not need that route, I'm just saying try this.
I was horrified at some of the statistics, and feelings that people have. I was in tears while reading the experiences of other survivors. I was shocked, several times, when I thought to myself: What? I Just said that or this to one of my support givers. It made me realize... read more
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