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Life with My Idiot Family: A True Story of Survival, Courage and Justice over Childhood Sexual Abuse Paperback – March 26, 2017
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"With grit, integrity, perseverance, and the support of others, victims are able to become survivors. Kathy Picard's life is one such journey. Read it and learn."
-Kevin Cullen, member of The Boston Globe investigative team that exposed the cover-up of sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Boston.
"Life with My Idiot Family provides survivors with a renewed sense of hope that we are not alone. It offers us a sense of belonging, understanding, and the realization that we can transition from being victims to survivors."
-Mitch, Survivor's Support Group
"One of the most rewarding aspects of being Lieutenant Governor was the opportunity to work with passionate child advocates such as Kathy. I have the greatest possible respect for survivors who turn their extraordinarily difficult personal experiences into a mission to safeguard children everywhere. Kathy's strength and determination in sharing her experience, and her tireless work on behalf of sexual assault victims, demonstrates exceptional resolve and resilience. Her advocacy is commendable and her story important."
-Kerry Healey, Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor
"Kathy Picard's childhood journey from being a victim of sexual abuse to a thriving survivor is a true profile in courage and resilience. She gives hope and inspiration to all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to come out of the darkness and tell their stories. This is a must read for any person who has experienced child sexual abuse, and all people who want to tear down the wall of silence surrounding this hidden epidemic."
-David E. Sullivan, Northwestern District Attorney
"Kathy Picard is a fighter and an inspiring beacon for children and adults. Her tenacity in advocating and educating for child safety is not only her own mechanism of self-care, but has inspired many people and communities to implement safe practices. She empowers children to be leaders in their own right, and works to provide both children and adults with the know-how of taking care of self and others.
The story of Kathy's journey is compelling, her strength and perseverance a true testimony of survivorship. I want to be like her when I grow up!
-Tamara R. Thompson, MSW, LCSW Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
"Sad. Painful. Those are the words I come up with after reading Kathy Picard's diary. She takes her readers back to share experiences from an awful childhood, sharing details that can only make you shudder with contempt and loathing for a man who should never be called a 'daddy'. I learned so much from reading this first-hand account from a sexual abuse survivor. Though I have never experienced such abuse myself, I have helped others (such as my husband) work through the pain that can last for decades. This book is not light reading but I would recommend it for anyone who wants to understand what it really means to be a survivor. And it's required reading for anyone who wants to counsel or support others who have been sexually abused."
-Gail Huff Brown - TV Reporter, Wife of U.S. Ambassador, Scott Brown
Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
Life with My Idiot Family: A True Story of Survival, Courage, and Justice over Childhood Sexual Abuse by Kathy and Gary Picard is a memoir of Kathy's childhood years and the impact it had on her life. Kathy describes her childhood and upbringing in some detail, including her early life with her grandparents, moving in with her parents and siblings, and her father's sexual abuse starting when she was just a child all the way into her teens. She describes how any physical, emotional, and or/sexual abuse results in long term trauma for the victims, and goes on to describe her jobs, career, marriage, as well as her social activism to create awareness of sexual abuse and to change the stigma and the laws surrounding it.
The book is an inspiring book and one I would highly encourage everyone to read not only for its powerful story, but also as a means of social awareness on how to identify sexual abuse in children and get help. A key thing to know is that many times childhood sexual abuse happens within the family, or through someone known to the family, and a book like this creates greater awareness of this fact. Kathy mostly writes in the first person and her writing is from-the-heart and genuinely engaging. Another wonderful thing about the book is the way Kathy confronts her abuser after all these years and goes to court, which once again may provide motivation for people in similar situations that justice can be served. All in all, a great read!
From the Author
We wrote this book for three different people. First, we wrote it for survivors so they would know that what happened to them doesn't have to control them for life.
Second, for people who support survivors, because survivors need to know that the people they care about, care about them. And third, for professionals who work with survivors, to help them get a better understanding of what happens to people when they are abused.
Thank you for reading and sharing my story!
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