Child Molestation Stories: Voices of Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (Molestation, Rape, and Incest)

Rated 4.33/5 based on 10 reviews
Survivors of child molestation, rape, and incest share their stories to let other victims know they are not alone.

Abuse . . . in the hospital . . . walking home . . . in a rest room . . . at the beach . . . in my bed . . . by our neighbor . . . a family friend . . . my mother's boyfriend . . . my brother . . . my stepmother . . . my daddy . . . (About 40 pages if it were a paperback.) More

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About Lynn Daugherty

Clinical psychologist Dr. Lynn Daugherty, an award-winning author and an internationally respected expert on child sexual abuse, has been bringing hope and healing to victims and their families for more than twenty-five years.

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Review by: jillian wolf on April 20, 2012 :
Child Molestation Stories: Voices of Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse is a primer for those who lack basic understanding about child sexual abuse and the ability to empathize with the abused. For this purpose, I feel like it's a great resource and would be a wonderful read for those that lack this foundational knowledge. For those that already have that knowledge, they are going to require more in-depth reading.

This is a very, very short ebook. It is not an encompassing understanding of the subject of child abuse. It is a very basic book written in layman's terms to explain basic concepts about child sexual abuse to someone who may be in a state that doesn't allow them to delve deeper into the material.

With that said, my main criticism is that the book is way too short. It allows for material that triggers people but doesn't guide them forward other than instructing them to find a counselor. For me, that is a worrisome construct because they have to be able to calm down enough to hit that step. I guess it's a precarious balance in that I worry that the people getting the book will not be self-aware enough to take that step and understand that they are triggered. Perhaps I am not giving them enough credit. Hence, I'm going to give this a neutral review and say that the book, on its own merits, is excellent material but if you buy it, please be aware of your own boundaries and take the author's advice to seek help immediately if you feel uncomfortable with your responses to the material.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Written Melodies on April 11, 2012 :
The short ebook of Lynn Daughtery's Child Molestation Stories: Voices of Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse contains exerts from her book Why Me? Help for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse (Even if they are adults now). I liked the insight provided of why people sexually abuse children, such as their inability to relate to peers, feeling of insecurity, and inadequacy. The tips on finding a counselor is a great resource to survivors seeking counseling.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Darcy Richardson on March 15, 2012 :
Child Molestation Stories presents the reader with a variety of types, scenarios, and effects of childhood sexual abuse. I applaud the author for including stories by young adults as well as one by a 4-year-old child. Although the stories are brief and do not give an explanation as to how interviewees were chosen for this selection, all are powerful in their unique, painful ways. The author does not seem to editorialize on sexual abusers or their victims, and that is refreshing when reading about a subject that inspires harsh judgments and bitter emotions. I finished the excerpts with a more complete understanding of the thoughts and feelings of victims. I think it would be interesting to read interviews with sexual abusers in this episodic format. Many thanks to the author for tackling this harsh reality that occurs with more frequency in America than most would like to admit with dignity and wisdom.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Henk-Jan van der Klis on March 11, 2012 : (no rating)
Dr. Lynn Daugherty works with survivors of child molestation, rape, and incest. She shared their stories to let other victims know they are not alone in Why Me? Help for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse (Even if they are adults now). In the extract Voices of Survivors (10,000 words–about 40 pages if it were a paperback), some of the stories of abuse (in the hospital, walking home, in a rest room, at the beach, in my bed, by our neighbor, a family friend, my mother’s boyfriend, my brother, my stepmother, my daddy) are told. Male and female, young children, still young when they tell their story, or grown up and coming out with their memories as adult. The booklet includes answers to basic questions about child sexual abuse, guidance in selecting a professional counselor, and additional resources to help former victims and their families begin their journey to recovery, both online and offline. I got this book though Librarything‘s Member Giveaway. The truth on child molestation needs to be told, and the people who commit these crimes be stopped or caught. Unfortunately we all can read about child molestation in our newspapers, every single day.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tiffani Erickson on Feb. 29, 2012 :
I recently received this ebook from the authour and I put it at the top of my current reading books. I know people who have dealt with issues such as these and I'm glad Lynn Daugherty wrote a book with these concerning events. I believe more people need to be informed and aware of the events of child abuse and I recommend this book to all. I enjoyed that the stories came straight from the victims themselves. I understand that some people believe that it should have been more intense and that the stories should have given more details, but understand that these people were victims, not storytellers. They are recounting events that they never wanted to happen and they are doing all that is in them to forget these horrid events that were bestowed upon them. I though this was well told and I felt sorry for these innocent children that were gravely affect by these disturbing encounters. The children in all stories felt "dirty" and "guilty" and I feel that these children should know that they are victims. That means none of this deserved to happen to any of them. Although some people were angered when the children came forward, just know that the victimised children aren't at fault. I pray that children are no longer victimised and that those who have been, find the strength to come forward and get help. If you're in doubt or are look for advice, read this book. Lynn Daugherty gives you the strength you need to seek help and overcome this disgusting act that some people find tasteful. I hope those who do read it, find it as helpful as I did.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Madison Phillips-Nagy on Feb. 26, 2012 :
I have to be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect when I requested this ebook. The stories really hit home. I kept thinking about my own experiences as a child with sexual abuse. At first I was afraid to continue reading, but these stories really spoke to me. I especially liked the questions and answers portion of the book. It helped to clarify some issues that I have been wondering myself. Especially about children exploring their own bodies and possibly the bodies of their friends. Thank you for writing this book Lynn.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Aprille on Feb. 25, 2012 :
I got this ebook via a member giveaway. I signed up for it because I was really curious about its contents, I wondered how the author will tackle these sensitive topics. Well what I can say about the book is that it was well written wherein it could be easily understood by many people which is actually a very good thing. It's reader-friendly. About the contents, it's very informative and detailed. I liked the way it was organized, it was just like I was reading a guidebook or something.

I hope more people will read this book so that they will be informed or be aware of what's happening around them. It would be better if this book will enlighten those people who did miserable deeds to the affected children. May this book be their guiding light towards their change for the better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Chris Brummett on Feb. 25, 2012 :
There was a ton of awesome information in this book, including information about types of sexual abuse and how abuse affects the victim. I appreciated the information as someone who has close friends who were sexually abused as a child.
I would have liked a bit more information about what to do to help someone who's been through this. One friend, for example, worries that she won't be able to tell the difference between 'appropriate' and 'inappropriate' contact because of things that happened when she was young. I have yet to figure out how to address her concerns. I suppose if she had a decent therapist, they would help, but she can't exactly afford one.
I was glad this book did cover both "normal sexual play" and "false memories". Both topics are so sensationalized in the media that I'm sure they lead to many people excusing things that have happened.
In general, this was an excellent summary. I would've liked even more information, but I definitely recommend it as a "primer" about sexual abuse and the issues it causes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Pam Wells on Feb. 17, 2012 :
I think the author did an excellent job of summurizing up the types of abuse and I like the way she talked about brief incidents as opposed to the long term ones. Some would think that the brief ones are so minor that one should just "get over it" and not let it affect their lives. Yet even a brief experience can have long lasting effects.

I appreciate that she defined sexual abuse, making it clear that intercourse is not the only way a person is sexually abused. Lynn also explains what is "normal sexual play" with children as opposed to abuse. This is wonderful to include as most children do experiment a little at some point.

There are many misconceptions about this subject. Especially when talking to someone who is elderly. I have found that the older generation likes to stick their head in the sand and not talk about it at all. Or once the subject has come out, then it's been spoken of, therefore dealt with and we need not discuss it again. Basically pretend it never happened. But the victim WILL need to still talk about it. They need support!

Small children are very easily manipulated and I think Lynn makes that point clear when she explains why children don't tell. I'm sure many parents wonder why their child didn't say something. My mother can't get over how she didn't see it, how she couldn't know something was going on.

I must say - the paragraph that made me want to cheer was the one captioned "Can people ever have "false memories" of child sexual abuse? I love the author's response to this question! Since my memories didn't come till I was in my 50's that was a question some have asked. My therapist was VERY careful to NOT plant any memories in me. I wrestled with doubts at first myself, but eventually came to accept that the memories were real. It was a very difficult journey for me.

Lynn Daugherty's book is an excellent introduction to sexual abuse and gives details on how to seek more information and help. Good job!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Pam Wells on Feb. 17, 2012 :
I think the author did an excellent job of summurizing up the types of abuse and I like the way she talked about brief incidents as opposed to the long term ones. Some would think that the brief ones are so minor that one should just "get over it" and not let it affect their lives. Yet even a brief experience can have long lasting effects.

I appreciate that she defined sexual abuse, making it clear that intercourse is not the only way a person is sexually abused. Lynn also explains what is "normal sexual play" with children as opposed to abuse. This is wonderful to include as most children do experiment a little at some point.

There are many misconceptions about this subject. Especially when talking to someone who is elderly. I have found that the older generation likes to stick their head in the sand and not talk about it at all. Or once the subject has come out, then it's been spoken of, therefore dealt with and we need not discuss it again. Basically pretend it never happened. But the victim WILL need to still talk about it. They need support!

Small children are very easily manipulated and I think Lynn makes that point clear when she explains why children don't tell. I'm sure many parents wonder why their child didn't say something. My mother can't get over how she didn't see it, how she couldn't know something was going on.

I must say - the paragraph that made me want to cheer was the one captioned "Can people ever have "false memories" of child sexual abuse? I love the author's response to this question! Since my memories didn't come till I was in my 50's that was a question some have asked. My therapist was VERY careful to NOT plant any memories in me. I wrestled with doubts at first myself, but eventually came to accept that the memories were real. It was a very difficult journey for me.

Lynn Daugherty's book is an excellent introduction to sexual abuse and gives details on how to seek more information and help. Good job!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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