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Breaking Free: Help for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (Insight) [Paperback]

Carolyn Ainscough , Kay Toon
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14 April 2000 Insight
This manual is designed to help survivors of child sexual abuse. It updates the first edition, and investigates all the effects of child sexual abuse, which often persist into adult life - guilt and shame, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, fear of relationships and sexual problems. It includes discussion of false memory syndrome and female abusers, and draws on accounts of survivors who want their voices to be heard, offering a positive and optimistic approach to help survivors break free from the past.

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldon Press; 2Rev Ed edition (14 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859698106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859698108
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very positive focus 16 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Many books on this difficult subject are considerably depressing (as the subject is) but often, instead of helping one out of doom & gloom, could almost spiral them downwards. This very easy-to-read book not only explains, but guides, and focuses on the positives. The life after!!! In fact, it is super-positive in explaining and exploring and gives more than hope, it gives a good grip on reality about how positive change can come about. Enhance your life and understand it, don't see yourself as a victim, grab this book.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This has to be la creme de la creme of books 1 Jan 2002
By A Customer
After reading many books on child sexual abuse, its effects and how to cope with them, this one is the best. People have shared their stories very frankly and movingly with the ethos being on realistic positive progress. The authors are very careful to advise on support for the readers whilst using this book, as it raises questions on responsibility, why children were not protected, abusing mothers etc. These can be very upsetting. At last someone is showing an understanding of the feelings and thoughts involved in these very difficult problems and not just churning out text book material. Also the writers are from the UK, which helps, as there are plenty of books from the USA which I cannot relate to.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once And A While 28 July 2004
By A Customer
One and a while a book will come along that will change the perception you have for yourself. In this case, my own case, a child of sexual abuse-I was fortunate enough to find several books that have helped me to understand,learn and grow past the abuse. Those books are: "Breaking Free: Help for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse", "Nightmares Echo" and "Courage To Heal".
If you want your life to change, even if you have not been abused but suspect of someone that may have been-It's time to read these books!
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
By Lady L
For my entire life I had felt different to everyone else. I truly believed that I could never be helped and that I was doomed into being insecure, neurotic, jealous, saddened, unstable, out-of-control with my emotions, unable to trust others and unable to trust my behaviour. I felt that "I knew" that there was irrepairable damage to my psychology, and that other people could be helped "but not me, that it had hurt me too much". Over the course of the 2 weeks that I put aside to read this book, I experienced about twenty different revelations about myself and the abuse that I endured. Blimey, it was a rollercoaster ride. This book was a book about my brain and my emotions. And this book was the one that got me about 80 percent of the way to being healed. It opened a floodgate, and at the time it was so incredibly difficult.
The book is absolutely ram-packed not only with explainations as to why the psychology of a sexually-abused person develops in the screwy way that it does, it is also full of other people's personal stories and that helped me not to feel isolated and alone along the journey. Sometimes a persons experience about how they felt during the 'dark times' was so uncannily similar to mine that it made me want to find that person and have them listen to me. This is a gem of a self-help book. Being English, it was also the only book that I could relate to, i.e. the use of language, the cultural references etc.
Five months on from first reading the book, I'm flying. I'm elated. And I'm still getting happier with every single new day.
This book is a must-buy. The book cannot help alone, however, it's the perfect companion whilst you go through essential psychological therapies (cognitive and behavioural). And it'll teach you so much about yourself and how sexual abuse hurt you that save you'll be able to speed up your treatment with a psychologist (therefore saving you a fortune in fees!!).
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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This book is excellent. It contains straightforward and down-to-earth information and support for people who have survived childhood sexual abuse. The exercises in the book provide a structure that is really helpful and guides the person along the process of working through and understanding the effects that sexual abuse can have on individuals and then thinking about how to change. As a mental health professional I have found it extremely useful and informative in my work with survivors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the end 3 Feb 2009
I picked this up in a "Books on Prescription" display at my local library. At that time I was going through counselling for depression and this book helped me to understand so many things about how abuse had affected me. One of the things I really liked was that it was a UK book and so the stories of the women in the book felt so close and real, and the resources suggested were in the UK. I don't feel alone any more. I don't feel "different" or "guilty": that is priceless.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just excellent 11 Jun 2007
This is the only book I've bought on this subject so I can't offer a comparison; what I can say is that it has been a revelation. It's a fairly substantial paperback but written in the style of an informal textbook so it's easy to find the most relevant parts. It's filled with unadorned information, often in the form of lists, pulls no punches and offers useful insight and advice. Every few pages I found myself wondering if it had been written just for me.

I found the comments in the book from other survivors seemed oddly positive and optimistic at first reading but after finishing the book I found myself looking at them differently. It will be a while before I'm sure but this may be the one book I can truthfully say has changed my life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written book.
Good informative book on a delicate subject.
Published 2 months ago by Gordon Trevor Robinson
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Published 4 months ago by Irene Hadley
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant yet hard hitting book
One can only read this book in small burst as it gets right to the heart of the matter. However if one feels brave enough to tackle the issues involved, it will be liberating for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by karen wright
5.0 out of 5 stars an essential read for any survivor(&family/friends of surviors) of...
This book is an essential read for any survivor of childhood sexual abuse. For most of my life I have been confused as to why I am the way I am, this book has given great insight &... Read more
Published 12 months ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I am a therapist and decided to read this book before I start recommending it to my clients. This is a very useful resource. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Oxana
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd read this years ago!
Read a library copy but found it so insightful and helpful will buy my own to refer to. Chose not to read some parts initially but returned to those when ready.
Published 12 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Free: Help for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
This is an excellent book and one I have bought many times to give to people who are have experienced abuse. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Victoria Lumby
4.0 out of 5 stars very useful reading
Obviously the subject matter is difficult but, if you can stick with it, then this is a really useful book in places. Read more
Published 22 months ago by kirsty Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars ho
this book rea me i worked though the excersises and it still helps me now knowing i can look back and think io came through that with my head held high
Published on 27 April 2012 by ho
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