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Right to Innocence: Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse [Hardcover]

Beverly Engel
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March 1989
"A practical and powerful must-read book for all who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, their family members and loved ones, and for all mental health professionals."
Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D.
As a trained therapist and sufferer of sexual abuse herself, Beverly Engel knows that there is probably no trauma a child can suffer that makes her or him feel more alone than sexual abuse. This helpful book offers hope for recovery with exercises, visualizations, and techniques that support you through a seven-step program, that will aid you in: facing the truth, releasing your anger, confronting those responsible with facts and feelings, forgiving yourself, and more healing advice and information.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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YA-- Two books, intended for victims of childhood sexual abuse, with different approaches. Step on a Crack is written in first person and tells a narrative horror story that is interspersed with sections of letters to the abused offering advice and counsel. The Right to Innocence is more in the style of a self-help manual. It includes a chapter for the mates and loved ones of survivors. Camille's book is more thorough and specific, while Engel's book is good as a general overview of the subject. Both books conclude with a resource/bibliography section that provides a good beginning for more information and help.
- Carolyn Henebry, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful if your just getting started May 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was first introduced to this book by my psychologist. It is very important to understand that you are a victim, and this book really helps you accept that. It also doesn't push you to hurry up and get through each stage of healing.....you definately have to go at your own pace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and very supportive March 4 2004
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I've read several books on child sexual abuse but many of them overwhelmed me. This book is concise and to the point and the examples are not horrific. I learned a great deal about incest and about my family situation and found out that my reactions are normal considering what I've been through. The book helped me come out of denial more and left me feeling empowered knowing that there are steps I can take to achieve recovery. I especially liked the sections dispelling common myths because they it provided me with ammunition when family members try to talk me out of my feelings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Point for the Journey of Healing March 3 2004
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When I was 24 I went to see a therapist because my life was completely falling apart. At the recommendation of my therapist I read this book. When I finished the book and my therapy I no longer felt a victim, but empowered to trust myself and let the hurt and self-destructive behavior go. I have not read the book in over 15 years, but over the years I have given much credit of my healing to this book and have recommended it repeatedly. I remember that there were times I had to put down the book because what the author was saying would cause me to feel so much anger/pain. I would pick up the book later and ironically almost the next paragraph the author would speak about the anger and/or pain I had been facing. My experience has been that only someone who has gone through the pain of childhood sexual abuse can truly understand those painful steps of healing. And YES you can heal from this kind of abuse and this book is a good starting point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Applaud this book Feb. 20 2004
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Thi si an excellent look into the lives of abuse children, the ones that live right around the corner from us and sit near us in church. It is hard to read, emotional and well worth the time to read. I had bouth this book along with NIGHTMARES ECHO...more for my own healing as for anything else. What I found were two extrodinary looks into abuse of children...physical,mental and sexual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening and very helpful March 10 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was well written and very helpful. I highly recommend it and I'm sure that Dr. Beverly Engel continues to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse daily through this book and her practice. Thank you Dr. Engel for writing this book and for sharing your survival experience with your readers. You are making a difference.
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