Rape and child sexual abuse occur more frequently throughout the world than is commonly realised, yet only a very small proportion of cases come to public attention. Those who have experienced abuse can be plunged into a nightmare world in which they are surrounded by imminent danger, both real and imagined. Irrespective of the age and gender of the victim, the resulting trauma can be severely distressing and, if untreated, the effects may last a lifetime. Hurting & Heading provides clear, practical advice and healing strategies for sufferers of sexual abuse and rape, and also gives guidance for professionals working with them. The book explores how to break the cycle of abuse and explains how the abused and potential abusers can learn to think differently about themselves and develop a new and positive approach to life.