Dawn Scott Damon's book is a gift that will speak of peace and wisdom to many hearts that have been hurt and that still wallow in the confusion of guilt and shame. The writing is fluid, with well-chosen words that pithily convey the author's message. I loved the parts where the author shares her own story and it comes across beautifully, in a clear and compassionate voice. Readers will appreciate the reassuring tone of the writing, the logical offering of ideas, and the truth buried in these pages. This is a book for any woman -- and any man -- who has been made to feel small, dirty, and less human through the painful acts of sexual abuse. When the Woman Abused Was You: A Guide to Healing from Sexual Abuse offers hope and shows readers how to reach out for it. This is another gift to share with those who have been hurt both emotionally and sexually. In these pages lies their path to freedom.