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I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Paperback – April 10, 1991
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About the Author
A pioneer in the field of healing from child sexual abuse, Ellen Bass currently teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University in Oregon. Her poetry books include Mules of Love and The Human Line.
Top Customer Reviews
I read "I Never Told Anyone" about twenty years ago, when I was still living with my parents, not long after I graduated from college. My mom had checked it out from the library, and the title haunted me because I, too, had a secret I had never told another living soul. I read the back cover and then kept moving the book away from wherever I was in the house, terrified of what was inside. Finally, I couldn't resist. I stayed up all night and read it from cover to cover. I saw my own story in the things that were said, the feelings that were expressed... For the first time I realized that maybe I wasn't evil; that maybe I didn't deserve to die; that instead, as an innocent child, I had been manipulated and molested.
It was the most difficult thing I have ever done, but because of this book, I did tell, and I got help. Child sexual abuse is extremely devastating, but there can be happy endings, and I am living one. Thank you so much, Ellen Bass and your courageous contributors, for your part in that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I never told anyone either. Maybe if I had I wouldn't have suffered mentally as an adult. Deep emotional illness I've been through. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Abigail Martinez
These pieces, all short, are gathered from the post WW2 period and come from a fairly diverse group of women who have reported sexual abuse. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marco Buendia
If you have ever been a victim of sexual assault I would recommend this as a way back to a functioning life.Published 10 months ago by yvonne c pollien
I love Ellen Bass' poetry and so was drawn to this title. I found it very difficult to read. I had to put it down quite often. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Meg Sumner
I read many of Bass' books at an early age; they are wonderful resource books and reference books . That being said, an excellent therapist is needed for real healing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dee Coles
Good book, helps to let others who have suffered through this abuse, how very importaint it is to tell and get help.Published 20 months ago by Deborah Hardeman