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Girl in the Water: A True Story of Sibling Abuse Paperback – April 2, 2013
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"In her harrowing memoir, Kilgore recounts the story of abuse at her older sister's hands. Tortured physically and mentally for years, Kilgore was forced to verbally degrade herself before entering her own bedroom and threatened with death if she told. This book deals with the mostly unknown phenomenon of sibling abuse. Kilgore not only shares her own tale, she also tells the stories of others like herself who have lived in fear and shame for years."
―Rosemary Smith, NetGalley
"This book breaks new ground in exposing the author's terrible experiences, how her home was turned into a prison, and the lasting effects of bullying and sibling abuse. The result is a powerful testimonial highly recommended for any health collection strong in family interactions."
―California Book Watch
About the Author
Nancy Fox-Kilgore, MS, received her Master's Degree from the University of Oregon and B.A. and Teaching Credentials from the University of California/Sacramento. A frequent speaker and a university continuing education teacher, she specializes in PTSD and various forms of family abuse. She wrote Every Eighteen Seconds and The Source Book for Working with Battered Women, both of which serve as national models for battered women's shelters, agencies, and university studies, and for continuing education certification for police officers, psychologists, and social workers. Visit her web site at: hope4siblings.com
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If you are just beginning to explore your own childhood experience of sibling abuse, you may find this book helpful in offering you a sense of connection, a sense that you are not alone. That is always important. But this book has little value as a serious work of either scholarly or literary merit, and one can only hope that it will open the door for other, more skilled authors and researchers to contribute more substantial insights to this too-long-ignored subject.
What made this story so sad is that the mother had no sympathy as to what Nancy was going through. I had to stop myself and think about it: this was back in the 1950s (I wasn't born until the 70s), and abuse/neglect was prevalent then.
Nancy Kilgore addresses two classes of readers in this memoir:
1. If you have suffered abuse - you have a voice, and please make it known (even if it falls on deaf ears)
2. If you are a parent and are neglecting your child's hurts/feelings - it's your duty to allow your child to speak and to not throw a blanket over your child if he or she is saying she's abused.
This was not an easy read because it hit too close to home for me (as a survivor of child sexual abuse/sibling abuse and was neglected by those who knew about my abuse). Nancy's story will resonate with many victims of abuse and I applaud Nancy for writing such a powerful book. This book serves as a wake up call to the nation and to hold parents and caregivers accountable.
Tremayne Moore, author of Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid
Her story can be used to raise awareness on sibling abuse because it can help other adult survivors to open up and share their stories of abuse from their siblings. This story really speaks out to so many. Nancy says that it is never too late to talk about it. Nancy, great job for your wonderful work with Girl In The Water. This is a story that needs to be read by others and can help educate and raise awareness about sibling abuse. No one should have to suffer.
However, the author wrote coming from her own fear -base instead of
a healed survivor.
The subject needs to be credited for its seriousness to our families and community.
The author discredits the subject by giving it a childs view point instead of an adult survivors viewpoint. It is important that we hear from the survivors.
We do need to define what "Criminal levels of physical sibling abuse"
are compared to "sibling rivalry" or "just kids fighting".
I think this is a real problem with the book.
This is an important book for the subject matter.
I hope to hear from more survivors as there are many.
I am glad to see someone has written on the subject of suviving from