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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
I recommend this to people who know someone going through the aftereffects of abuse.
The book was delivered promptly and in excellent conditions. Thank you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful for those who have been abused and for those who want to understand!Published 2 months ago by J. Paul Lennon
Very good advice. Good explainations of what you may be going through after you abuse. I am going to share this book with my therapist.Published on October 2, 2013 by Stacy Brunner
the seller was awesome. stated the book was in good condition it could have been stated better than good. came right on time. the book also has a workbook to go along with it. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Becky Boni
I have not used the book very often however the times that I used the material I found it to be useful.Published on June 17, 2013 by harold lee williams