Ellen Bass

“Deciding to actively heal is terrifying because it means opening up to hope. For many survivors, hope has brought only disappointment.
Although it is terrifying to say yes to yourself, it is also a tremendous relief when you finally stop and face your own demons.
There is something about looking terror in the face, and seeing your own reflection, that is strangely relieving. There is comfort in knowing that you don't have to pretend anymore, that you are going to do everything
within your power to heal. As one survivor
put it, "I know now that every time I accept
my past and respect where I am in the present, I am giving myself a future."
- The Courage to Heal”


Ellen Bass, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
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The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass
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