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Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse: Practical Self-help For Adults Who Were Sexually Abused As Children Paperback – April 22, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Rev Sub edition (April 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555612253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555612252
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carolyn Ainscough is a clinical psychologist who has dedicated herself to helping survivors of sexual abuse through support groups and one-on-one counseling. Kay Toon is a clinical psychologist who has dedicated herself to helping survivors of sexual abuse through support groups and one-on-one counseling.

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Very good advice.
Stacy Brunner
It helps to understand the coping machanism of abuse from childhood through adulthood.
Olga L. Maldonado
I got good at it, but it has taken it's toll big time.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By John M. Herron on February 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
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 overcome the feelings of shame and isolation, or you're coming to grips with the abuse of a loved one and you need to be educated on the emotional experience of said loved one.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
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 that I am NOT alone in these feelings.

I am over 50 years old and this took place when I was 7-8 years old, I finally told my mom when I was approximately 10 years old, and it did not go well. The decision to break up the family and send dad to jail was going to be my decision, if that is what I wanted mom to do. What? Of course....I couldn't take that responsiblity on top of everthing else....so I was instructed that it must and always be a secret. No one must ever find out. I must always protect the secret and my parents. I was to begin living a double life so to speak. One at home, and an outward personna to others. I got good at it, but it has taken it's toll big time. I cam to a point in my life within the past few years, that I was getting worse, emotionally, mentally and physically.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Thompson on September 12, 2005
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An Aspiring Cook on April 17, 2010
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I bought this book to read in the hopes of better understanding and helping a friend. It is a very enlightening book and really helps you to understand what they are going through and how you might help them. It is definitely a hard read .. but based on the name you already knew that.

I recommend this to people who know someone going through the aftereffects of abuse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olga L. Maldonado on May 4, 2009
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This book is an excellent resource for those who are working in the field of Child Sexual Abuse protection. It helps to understand the coping machanism of abuse from childhood through adulthood.

The book was delivered promptly and in excellent conditions. Thank you.
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By Carolina Bergara on March 5, 2014
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This book is explicit but it's a good book. Did help me to move on in some form of way and made me realize that my situation is not as bad as others.
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