I Never Told Anyone - Writings by women survivors of child sexual abuse
From the cover -
I Never Told Anyone is a deeply moving collection of first-person accounts of child sexual abuse. Here are stories and poems written by women of all ages and circumstances of the abuse they suffered either as young girls or as teenagers. In these compelling and poignant\"life-refined\" writings, we hear the long-repressed voices of sexually abused children. We learn of their fear, anger, pain, and love, and of their struggles to come to terms with the silence that allowed such abuse. Writing with courage and honesty, these women tell of experiences ranging from the most subtle overtures to repeated abuse. Introduced by brief biographies that place each woman in a past and present context, thses pieces reflect a wide diversity of experience and emotional response and offer a powerful testament to all survivors of sexual abuse.
As a complement to the writings, Ellen Bass, botha well-known poet and experienced counselor, has written a moving essay that places child sexual abuse in a broad social context and speaks in a special way to readers who have shared this experience. The book concludes witha comprehensive listing of treatment and prevention programs and a bibliography of suggested reading and audiovisual materials. I Never Told Anyone not only recounts and illuminates; it offers real hope for change - and healing.