Healing from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Journey for Women

Healing from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Journey for Women

Healing from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Journey for Women

Healing from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Journey for Women

Synopsis

"This book by a family therapist shares stories from 18 women abused as children, explaining that healing can occur at any stage of life, and that healing, itself, occurs in stages. The author offers guidance to recognize the long-lingering potential affects of childhood sexual abuse including depression, anxiety, dissociation, and chronic shock, and she explains steps to take for recovery. Also presented are letters from women who have healed or are in recovery." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

For the past several years, I have had the privilege of working with women who wanted to heal from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. Healing from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Journey for Women is the outcome of these efforts and the commitment of these women.

The women who heal with this approach to recovery are a diverse group. Most are between the ages of thirty-five and fifty-five. They are married, single, with or without children. They are stay-at-home moms, volunteers, students, managers, administrators, and professionals. They work in health care services, technology, business, law, retail, and manufacturing. Their diversity did not prevent their strength of character from coming through as a common factor in their ability to heal.

While some have tried to maintain a relationship with their families in which the sexual abuse occurred, others have had to distance themselves in order for the abuse they endured in their childhood not to continue. None of the women whose stories are shared within these pages ever reported that the person who sexually abused them had personally acknowledged the trauma or the harm done without first being confronted to do so. While there are women who have the support of family or other significant people during their recovery, there are women who go through the healing process without this type of support. In the end, what both groups of women find is that it is their personal faith that sees them through and enables them to prevail.

What these women have in common is their desire to heal a trauma that devastated their lives. Each came to treatment somehow knowing beforehand that at some point in their life journey they would face what had happened to them when they were children. While healing from childhood . . .

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