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Invisible Girls: The Truth about Sexual Abuse

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Dr. Patti Feuereisen has been working with teenage girls for twenty-five years and has been a pioneer in helping abused girls find their voices. What she discovered in listening to hundreds of girls was not only that sexual abuse of young girls is in fact epidemic, but if the abuse can be processed when girls are still young-in their teens and early twenties-remarkable hea ...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published April 8th 2005 by Turtleback Books (first published 2005)
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Rhonda Rae Baker

There is so much in this book that will help all those that have been abused, young and older, even those who are not sure if they have been abused or not and those that love someone that has been abused.

The stories are first-hand and relevant...any woman will relate to this. If you've read Secret Survivors which addresses issues of incest relating to older women and found missing pieces...this is the book you need. It addresses the issues at a younger age where th

The title says it all, 'Invisible Girls'. This book is a non fiction book that talks about young girls' stories on their horrible rape and sexual abuse. Nowadays, we consider girls as sexual 'objects', and are being ignored. This book was heartbreaking and sad. When I was reading the unfortunate stories of the young girls in this book, I felt upset and felt the need to do something about it. I felt disgusted by some of the selfish acts that these men were doing to young innocent girls, and most
It is hard to "like" this subject matter, so I judged it by how they handled the disturbing material.

The topic is disturbing. That said, I also found the book to be informative and hopeful. I thought the author was a little hard on men in general at times.

As a man who hopes to adopt a daughter some day and coaches high school girls in two sports, I was glad I read it.

I am really happy that victims are becoming more willing to speak up about sexual abuse than in the past.

I recommend this to anybo
This book addresses survivors of abuse, but is an informative read about sexual abuse for anyone wanting to learn more. The book has stories of young women who have experienced different types (fathers, uncles, coaches, etc) severe abuse. It will open your eyes to the horrible things people are capable of doing, and sadly, how girls' families may fail them once the abuse is revealed.
Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse, was a 338 paged nonfiction book whose information was amazing. I learned a lot from this book as I continued reading on. I learned how life pretty much goes on for these survivors, and how strong they were through the hardships that no one should deal with. This book is truly inspiring, and really puts your life into perspective.

Invisible Girls is about how girls overcome incest, rape, and other sexual abuse and go on to live healthy, normal lives.
Lynn Tolson
Dr. Patti Feuereisen is a psychotherapist in New York City who has worked with young survivors of sexual assault for twenty-five years. Her co-writer, Caroline Pincus, is an editor. The collaboration resulted in a book that offers a well-written examination of the trauma of sexual abuse, its painful ramifications, and the healing journey.

The book opens with the authors' explanation of the Greek myth of "Pandora's Box." This sets an undertone of the entire book: the recognition that patriarchy fo
Overall I liked this book.
HOWEVER. The author stated some pretty strong opinions that I disagree with.
First, she talks like only girls are victims of sexual abuse. There are a few places where she shares experiences about boys, but not even a chapter? I know it's a book for girls, but teen girls should know that men get abused too. Also, the book claims to be about sexual abuse as a whole, so it shouldn't ignore that population.
Second, the brief section on pedophilia doesn't jive with the info
the stories in this book is so sad. I feel sorry for the girls who have been put through any form of sexual abuse.I think that they are brave for telling there stories
Jennifer Wardrip
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One out of four American girls will experience some sort of sexual abuse by age sixteen. It's a sad but true fact in our society. This book is for the girls who have been there and those who care about them. Dr. Patti answers questions from young women honestly and compassionately.

The main chapters in this book cover abuse by family members, boyfriends, acquaintances, strangers, and other adults. This novel also discusses the emotions stemming from sexua
This book is aimed at girls and young women who have experienced sexual abuse. The author does individual and group therapy with abused girls. Much of the book is the girls' stories and the author's commentary on them. Just a couple of decades ago, resources like this did not exist, and abused girls were much more invisible. The author says that when a girl can get start dealing with the trauma at a younger age, she will be able to heal more easily that if it is buried for years or decades. The ...more
It took me months to read this because, due to all the personal stories, this book is triggering as hell. It's best to set aside the time to read this and be an emotional mess. Other than that, the book is easy to read, and much too repetitive.

There's *a lot* I didn't like about this book but I don't think it's worth taking the time to go into that. Here are the two most important points to take away from this book: A) it's never your fault and B) you don't have to forgive your abuser. Actually
Dana Olson
This was a hard, but important book to read. It isn't necessarily a cover to cover read, but if you are working with girls or are a parent of girls, it is important to be aware and equipped to address this issue of sexual abuse. The true stories are so difficult and my heart breaks for all who actually lived or are living these stories. Have mercy!
An essential book for any one who works with girls who have been sexually abused, or any girls who have been sexually abused.
Bre V.
I'm a victim advocate who has worked with both sexual violence and domestic violence survivors and I frequently recommend this book to those looking to read. It's a must have for the office of any victim advocate who works in these fields, counselors with clients who are survivors, or resource center. Dr. Patti Feurereisen lets the voices of these survivors take the lead throughout the book, never speaking over the experiences of others and always providing a safe, understanding backdrop for the ...more
Herr Lyppe
Although aimed at teenage girls and young women, this is an important reflection on many of the inherent problems in our society. An important book to read if you have children, are a survivor yourself or wish to start to understand how to support someone you care for who is.
Jessica Woodbury
This is an incredible book weaved from survivor stories and Patti Feuereisen's commentary (a psychologist working with sexual abuse victims in NY) surrounding the issue of many different forms of sexual abuse. This book will provide information and hope for women and girls who have been sexually abused and for those that love them. It will be a great resource as a clinician, and I already plan to recommend it to clients!
This book does a wonderful job of delving into the socioeconomic impact of sexual abuse. I was intrigued with noticing the differences in impact of low socioeconomic versus high socioeconomic. How sometime having more money doesn't necessarily mean better outcome. This book deals with a topic very seldom discussed. Great for anyone working with adolescent survivors of sexual trauma.
For anyone who has been touched by sexual abuse. For anyone who is trying to understand the abuse of a loved one and why they act sometimes the way they do -this book is difficult to read, but very important if you want to be supportive.
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Reading this to understand myself, my life, what's happened to me, and how to feel better about it.

Also I think it will help me understand the work I will soon be doing.
This book is not an easy read. I read it to be more informed to better help the kids I work with.
Precious Ashton
amazing. it truley changed my outlook on alot of things. deffinitly read this book.
Heidi Smith
Excellent book for anyone who has been sexually abused, or knows someone that has been.
Really advice heavy
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