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Addressed to victims of incest--here defined to include sexual abuse by friends or caregivers--this is a realistic and sensitive study. New York psychotherapist Blume speaks to victims who have blocked childhood memories of abuse, and sets out to help them cope with "Post-Incest Syndrome," which encompasses depression, guilt, substance addiction and sexual dysfunction. Survivors will also benefit from the author's perceptive advice on rebuilding self-esteem as a preparation for resuming friendships and sexual relations.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A therapist who works with incest victims, Blume offers help, advice, and support while exploring in depth the devastation wrought by this crime. She expands the definition of incest to include sexual abuse perpetrated by any caregiver (including teachers, relatives, or neighbors). Her book is written for those who know that they have been abused as well as those who have blocked such abuse from their memories. The "Incest Survivor Aftereffects Checklist" describes the many ways incest affects its victims. Using the concepts delineated in the checklist Blume explores how victims protect themselves against awareness that cannot be faced through aftereffects such as dreams, addictions, and interpersonal issues. She then offers numerous specific suggestions for recovery, including descriptions and evaluations of therapeutic interventions in the final chapter.
- Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This book came along at the right time for me. I was at last starting to explore my personal history of childhood sexual abuse, and needed somewhere to look for guidance. Read morePublished on April 21 2009 by Dorothyanne Brown
I have read two books that has helped me to begin healing in a way I never thought was possible. Under the shame of child incest, I hid it in many ways even from myself. Read morePublished on June 30 2004
Although this book is helpful and accurate on many levels, there are a few areas where the book is inaccurate. It states that alters form and die and new alters form. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Lynzee
Secret Survivors is an extraordinarily compassionate and insightful book covering everything from impact on survivors and family dynamics to what is required for healing from... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003 by Maggie
The author shows an incredible amount of understanding on this topic. I have read this book several times and with each reading I find more insight into my own life. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2000
This amazing book is both compassionate and empowering. And it's stood the test of time. It's as helpful today as it was in 1990 when I first read this book.Published on Sept. 18 2000