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Heartbreaking True Account
on 18 November 2013
Moll French's memoir of surviving abuse is a harrowing read. As an abuse survivor myself, I identified with this story in so many ways that I not only had trouble putting it down, I had trouble keeping a dry eye.
This book will stay with you long after you've read it. The candid, unfiltered picture painted by the author of the reality of the effects of abuse is invaluable to anyone looking to understand what happens to children when they've been subjected to such debasing treatment. Moll, like many other abused children, acted out in response to the way she was treated. As a child, she exhibited sexualized behavior, anxious and compulsive behaviors, low self-esteem, and an extreme need to protect others when they'd been hurt. As often happens, the victim becomes the victim yet again when society does not understand why the child acts as she does and is rejected and judged by those who've been lucky enough to never have been abused.
My heart broke for the author many times over, but knowing and feeling her internal strength and drive to achieve a better life for herself also made me care for and respect her immensely. Bravo to Moll French for her courage to bare the darkest corners of her mind to the world. I highly recommend this book.