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Hurting and Healing: How to Overcome the Trauma of Sexual Abuse and Rape [Paperback]

Gloria Wade
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28 Sep 2001
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.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vega Books; New edition edition (28 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843330954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843330950
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gloria Wade, BAC Acc, DHC, is a psychotherapist who has been training therapists, counsellors, probation and social workers in the field of sexual abuse and rape for many years. A sexually abused child herself, she has run courses and workshops in the UK for the past 10 years. She is in general practice in Suffolk, counselling abusers and the abused.

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2.0 out of 5 stars More hurting than necessary, perhaps 12 Dec 2005
This book contains a few ideas that could lead to healing creativity, but it also contains some that could be found fairly alarming. For instance, the author suggests that victims of male rape who're telling themselves they're no good and wimps etc. for having allowed it to happen to them should have a photo of a male they love and respect enlarged, look at it, imagine that what happened to them when they were raped is happening to the person in the photo, playing it through in their imagination scene by scene, and then imagine saying to them all the critical things they're thinking about themselves, to illustrate to themselves that men don't deserve such criticisms when they've been raped.
Surely they could just imagine it's already happened to the person they respect and they're saying all those things to them, rather than having to imagine it's happening to them scene by scene first!
And she recommends that people deal with their anger with a rapist by venting it, drawing a picture of him, sticking it on a mattress or bean bag, and then several times for as long as it takes to get anger under control, playing music that psyches them up, and attacking the picture with their fists or a weapon.
The trouble is that venting anger in this way can be like rehearsing behaviour. It can be like programming the brain to respond in a certain way, so if the person then felt provoked in the presence of the attacker, or someone who reminded them of them, they might be more likely to attack them than they would have been if they'd dealt with their anger another way. Then they could end up being the ones most hurt, or reported to the police.
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