A book for both survivors and their loved ones, Peaceful Heart: A Woman?s Journey of Healing outlines one person?s existence consumed with the trauma of a sexual attack. As a small-town teenager in the Midwest, seventeen-year-old Aimee Jo Martin was beaten and raped. Attempting to forget about the attack, Martin would be plagued with eating disorders, depression, rage, and distrust for the next fifteen years, despite her considerable professional accomplishments.
Eventually, with the help of a loyal friend as well as a licensed therapist who used a treatment often effective for trauma victims, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), the clouds finally began to part for Aimee Jo. Her story is disturbing, yet ultimately hopeful.