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Betrayal of Innocence: Incest and Its Devastation

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A revised edition of the author's classic study on the traumatic effects of incest.
Paperback, Revised, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Penguin (first published 1978)
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Colleen
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book, while written a few decades back, does its best to discuss a subject that has been in the shadows, shrouded in myth and secrecy, and has probably always been a prevalent problem in society. Many people don't realize, even now, how often incestuous abuse occurs, and many still believe the misconceptions surrounding it. There is still a lot of denial, especially when a perpetrator is successful, and seems to be normal on the surface. The fathers who sexually abuse their children, in par ...more
Craig Buck
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Still in print after almost 40 years. Still searing and unfortunately relevant.
Alex Rudder
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
After Sammi and Heather in class 402 presented their senior exit project on rape and sexual harassment, i found this book in my fathers/mothers bookshelf. In general, I'm not a big fan of reading books that are a non-fiction based book ABOUT a sole topic, containing real stories from those with some kind of experience with the topic. This book is not much different. Although the seriousness of the topic does make it a bit different than the others i have read, it doesn't change the fact that the ...more
Bounta
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Hold back any judgment if you want to venture into the reality of incest. This is a book that tells the truth about sexual abuse within the family unit. It is not a book to just pick up and enjoy; it is dark and disgusting. I feel the author is one sided in her insights; particularly how she treats male perpetrators to women. She gives women an excuse or in my opinion lightens their responsibility when in reality-despite the gender-one chooses to be an abuser.
Robert Cymbala
Very cutting edge.
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