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Breaking Free: Help For Survivors Of Child Sexual Abuse

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The effects of child sexual abuse haunt the survivors into adult life, in guilt and shame, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, fear of relationships and sexual problems. Carolyn Ainscough and Kay Toon draw on their experience and the accounts of survivors to offer a book packed with practical suggestions for overcoming the effects of abuse. The Workbook can be used a ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published 2000 by Sheldon Press
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Purdey-jane Preece
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand or to anyone who has been through the tragedies themselves. This was the first book i ever read, no other book could hold me. This book helped me forgive myself and sped up my healing process. I have given this book to many friends all of which have benefited from it. Easy read, cannot recommend enough.
Niamh Dempsey
I picked this up in my local library not expecting to be so impressed by it. In my professional life, I treat a number of adult survivors of child sexual abuse and this book has given me a really solid understanding of the complexity of the psychological processes and their long lasting effects into adulthood in the individuals affected. The repercussions of child sexual abuse are widespread and far-reaching individually and collectively and this deserves wider recognition in many professional f ...more
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Excellent book. Includes sections written by survivors of abuse which are easy to relate to and understand, also covers some theory/research into why it happens. A short book.
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“Survivors are damaged to different degrees by their experiences. This does not depend on what happened physically. A Survivor who has been raped will not necessarily be more damaged than a Survivor who has been touched. The degree of damage depend on the degree of traumatic sexualization, stigmatization, betrayal and powerlessness, the child has experienced. This in turn depends on a number of factors such as:
* who the abuser was;
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* what was said;
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* how old the child was”
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