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The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Featuring "Honoring the Truth: A Response to the Backlash" [Paperback]

Ellen Bass , Laura Davis
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1 Jun 1994
Drawing on the authors' personal experience and professional knowledge, this book is aimed at women who have been victims of sexual abuse as children. It offers advice on coming to terms with the past while moving positively into the future, and provides an explanation of the healing process, first-person accounts of recovery, and practical suggestions derived from the authors' work with hundreds of survivors. The book also contains insights and strategies for partners and counsellors of survivors, and a resource section which includes useful addresses and further reading.
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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 3 Rev Upd edition (1 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060950668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060950668
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 19 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The classic self-help book on child sexual abuse --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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If you have been sexually abused you are not alone. One out of three girls, and one out of seven boys, is sexually abused by the age of eighteen. All sexual abuse is damaging and the trauma does not end when the abuse stops.

The Courage to Heal offers hope, encouragement and practical advice to every woman who was sexually abused as a child and answers some vital questions, including:

-How do I know if I was a victim of child sexual abuse?

-Where does the decision to heal start?

-How can I break the silence and who will listen?

-How can I re-build my self-esteem, intimacy and capacity to love?

-What therapy, support groups, self-help programmes or organisations are available?

Based on the experiences of hundreds of survivors and partners, The Courage to Heal profiles victims who share the challenges and triumphs of their personal healing processes. Inspiring and comprehensive, it offers mental, emotional and physical support to all those who are in the process of rebuilding their lives.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly inspirational and invaluable 18 Sep 2003
By Nicky
Although I was not sexually abused as a child, I come from a household of extreme pysical and emotional abuse. My counsellor recommended this book to me because she thought that it would be useful to me in helping me understand about the complications and effects of secrecy, shame, trust, grief, sadness and also the ability to pick up the pieces and move on.She was right and it has helped me enormously. There was much of this book that was applicable to my circumstances even though the book was not directed at my background specifically, and the section in the back for partners has been incredibly helpful for my boyfriend who has been able to read and understand the impact that our painful and abusive childhoods can have on our lives.
I found making notes as I thought of memories and questions that the book raised to be very helpul and the tasks to do at the end of each chapter to be a good way of noting your progress. If you are already in counselling it's a useful book to follow your progress with too... I found that the first few chapters raised issues and feelings that I had already begun to deal with, and later in the book as it begins to talk about confrontation of abusers, speaking out and moving on, I felt that these were true goals for me to work towards. The womens stories used to portray the varying lifestyles and backgrounds are truly inspiring and you can't help but feel empowered and reassured that we are by no means alone in our despair, anguish, anger and grief.
I would urge anyone who comes from any type of abusive background- physical, emotional or sexual, to pick up this book and give it a go.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any survivor needs this book 10 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Anyone who is a victim of childhood sexual abuse needs to read this book. It is a book for women which for me, made reading it much easier. The 'self help' books I had used before were much more clinical and full of medical mumbo jumbo, but this one was absolutely aimed at the healing woman and the problems she might or is facing.
It contains case studies of survivors who came forward to help with the book. Some are so harrowing, but it just makes you feel stronger, because these women are an inspiration. The writers both suvivors of sexual abuse specifically aim to make the book a kind caring read. I have owned it for a few weeks and it was recommended to me by my counsellor. I am so glad I have it, I am not sure where I'd be without it now. It certainly replaces my bible!
I also think it is a vital read for anyone involved with helping survivors. It contains a wealth of information which no counsellor/therapist/friend/family should be without. It really helps to give you a perspective on how the survivor will heal, the various stages, emotions, self abuse, confrontations and there is also a chapter specifically for counsellors. I cannot recommend it enough and like I said NO counsellor or helper should be without it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have 20 Jun 2011
By Buddah
Anyone ready to tackle the problems of childhood sexual abuse will not be disappointed when buying this book. Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of the effects of abuse: flashbacks/trauma, forgiveness, anger, recovery, for partners etc. and gives ideas for working through these issues. At the end of the book there are courageous stories written by women who were sexually abused as children - their stories, while heartbreaking, show the strength and courage faced by anyone who has been subjected to the injustice, trauma and horror of abuse. This is not a substitute for counselling but an aid; a good starting place from which to extract yourself from the mental torment and anguish that abuse unfortunately leaves all survivors with.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE survivor's bible 19 July 2003
By A Customer
I cannot rate this book highly enough! It was recommended to me by another survivor and I found it an absolute godsend from the first page. The book deals with the issues surrounding recovery in a very real, down to earth and practical way. It provides practical tips on how to cope through each stage - but most importantly offers the survivor the welcome reassurance that it is ok to feel as you do during the process of coming to terms with what has happened, and that there IS hope. It is not always easy to read and some of the testimonies are harrowing, but the book has clear chapters which can be dipped into depending on what stage someone is at. The courage of the other survivors shines through, and the book helps to dispel any doubts some may have that what happened 'wasn't too bad'.
This is an amazing book, it has helped me (with the Courage to Heal Workbook) more than any other during my healing process. If you are a survivor wondering whether to buy this book, please do it - it WILL make a big difference. If you are a counsellor or interested in understanding how a survivor feels, this book will help do that.
'Courage to Heal' provides a stepping stone to do just this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this really helpful 23 May 2014
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I would recommend this to anyone who was sexually abused, it can be a bit American in places but its the best book I've read. There are writing exercises which have even been fun!
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I have read a few books on sexual abuse, as a survivor, to try and help heal my pain, and this has to be the best. It is very informative and contains many chapters on the affects of abuse, and recovery. It contains many personal stories, some of which are admittedly hard to read, but they are also encouraging. I have lent and recommended this book to friends, all of whom have also found it very helpful. It is a book which you will constantly find yourself referring to, and looking at for support when the going gets tough. I cant recommend it enough!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
Laura Davis speaks about her own personal experience and I understand that survivors of sexual abuse have found it useful to read.
Published 6 months ago by Kathleen O'Hara
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
its a good book bought it to understand what a friend was going through and to help her with things and really opened my eyes i have given it to my friend who was a victim and she... Read more
Published 6 months ago by luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I can thoroughly recommend this book. Having borrowed it from the library several times, I thought it time I had my own copy, as I find it great to dip into whenever I want to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tigerlily
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide
Truly amazing book. Everything you need to know whether you are a survivor yourself or if you work with survivors. Read more
Published 8 months ago by gina read
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
I had this book from the library and wanted to buy my own copy so I could make notes in it and keep going back to bits. Read more
Published 11 months ago by dragonflyfi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value
It was briliant for its price. It may have been an old edition but it still contains valuable information. It was bought for a professional friend and she was thrilled with it x
Published 12 months ago by Red Locks
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely would recommend this.
I have never read a book on this subject before, but I found this so helpful. I understand a lot of things now and it helps with things I can't put into words. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. G. L. Howarth
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly shocking
Your mental health is something so precious and so easily damaged. Please don't put the most important thing you have - your happiness - in the hands of these mavericks. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Subjectively objective
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Bought for someone else who is finding it very good - best to use the work book that goes with it as well.
Published 15 months ago by B. Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars purchased as used
like all similar types of books you have to be in the right frame of mind to pick the book up. but so far, for me, it has been worth it.
Published 15 months ago by louise
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