I write this review as someone who appreciates the work that the charity 'MIND' do. I can't begin to understand the feelings of a rape victim...
This isn't only a story about the horrific violation of another human by rape. It's an account of the authors journey of realisation of the attack, the mental scars and feeling of self-loathing and worthlessness that followed.
Many people suffer different traumas in their lives. For me, the book is more about overcoming trauma or even feelings of self worthlessness that may just as well come from some chemical imbalance or grief through loss of a loved one or even stress at work, talking is key.
Counselling can often be mocked, the counsellors for being in a wishy washy profession, the counselled for being 'loopy'. Counselling is underfunded in this country, it is often charity funded. It is a very important part of modern society.
I had counselling for depression, the reasons for my depression aren't relevant. It's easy, but not necessary to say the reasons don't compare to rape, but that those depressive thoughts, to the individual having them, are very dark and eat away and have the potential to destroy one's well-being.
Counselling and the love of those close to me saved me. It's easy to feel that by seeing an independent counsellor you are shutting out those close that want to help, but it's not like that. Even if you think you couldn't open up to a stranger, these professionals are either naturally or trained to be empathetic.
A counsellor can help you rebuild that self belief, they have you chanel the negative energy, face up to it and chase it away.
To Sharon I say thank you for sharing your experience. Your book discusses some dark subjects, I encourage people to read it, it's written with great style and is that compelling that I read it in two sittings, interrupted only by essential chores.