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A Bright Red Scream by Marilee Strong
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Apr 18, 2008

it was amazing
Read in January, 2003

After having read several books on self-mutilation in the past, this was the first book that really spoke to me. It provided not only reasons and explanations for why self-mutilation occurs but also helped me to not feel alone. Self-mutilation is a very lonely thing, and when people find out that someone is doing it they react in different ways. Most reactions are negative ranging from horror to disgust to shock, which only serves to shame the self-mutilator more. A Bright Red Scream was clear with helping me to understand why I found it necessary, addressed reasons why people self-mutilate and offered ways to find help. I believe it was an important step which led me to eventually stop self-mutilating.

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