Our Father, Who Art in Bed: A Naive and Sentimental Dubliner in the Legion of Christ, by J. Paul Lennon. (BookSurge Publishing, August 2008) ISBN: 1419676628 From age 17 to 41 Paul Lennon was a member of the Legion of Christ, a lesser known but important Catholic Religious Order. Led by its charismatic Mexican leader, Fr. Marcial Maciel, who would be praised and supported by the late pope John Paul II, the Legion of Christ and its lay branch, Regnum Christi (Christ's Kingdom) has made deep inroads into the Traditional Catholic woodlands of North and South America and Europe. The author describes his long journey from idealism to disillusion and how his humanity survived this ruthless environment. With passion and poetry he tells the tale of companions who were victims of Maciel's sexual abuse. Extricating himself from such a controlling organization after more than 23 years was a devastating experience but Lennon was not the first or the last to leave and thrive.
Unfair Advantage: Sexual Abuse by Psychotherapists, Priests, & Police, by Terri Austin, Ph.D., J.D. (Trafford Publishing, 2006) This book is about the abuse of power by trusted professionals in the mental health, religious, & law enforcement fields who abuse & exploit children & young adults, & the people & agencies who enable & cover-up these perpetrators' crimes. Unfair Advantage is intended to be a resource for:
* Victims & survivors of professional exploitation & abuse;
* Students of psychology & social work;
* School personnel;
* Police: newly-sworn officers & internal affairs investigators;
* The public.
If the Man You Love Was Abused: A Couple's Guide to Healing, by Marlene M. Browne, Esq. and Marie H. Browne, RN, PdH. (Adams Media Corporation (February 2007) ISBN-10: 159337643X. The scars left on the hearts and souls of childhood abuse survivors run deep; they require time, patience, and support to heal. Written with the needs of both the abuse survivor and spouse/partner in mind and informed by case studies from real patients in her practice, psychologist Dr. Marie Browne combines practical applications with authoritative research to offer you the ultimate guide for getting through this difficult situation. You'll learn how to help him get the support he needs, and make sure not to neglect your own needs in the process.
Strong at the Heart: How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse, by Carolyn Lehman. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 2005) ISBN: 0374372829. This groundbreaking book brings readers face-to-face with nine survivors who speak with candor and courage about the sexual abuse they experienced, how they have healed, and how they are moving forward with their lives. Includes an interview with a teenaged boy and SNAP member who was abused at the age of ten by his parish priest. White, black, Latino, and Native American, these everyday heroes come from a wide range of communities and have found different ways to cope with and overcome sexual trauma. Through moving personal stories and striking photographs they take readers into their lives, offering insight and hope for anyone affected by this all-too-common childhood experience. In this book about healing, young readers and their families will find additional information in the resource section, a comprehensive guide to the best help lines, books, films, and Web sites on healing and resilience. Read excerpts from author's interview with Jonathan, one of our youngest SNAP members.
From the Foreword:
This powerful book is filled with the distinct, diverse voices of people who experienced rape, molestation, and incest when they were young. With remarkable honesty they tell how they stopped feeling victimized and reclaimed their lives the choices they made, the people they turned to, the inner strength they discovered. Laura Davis, author of The Courage to Heal
Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse, by Mic Hunter. (Ballantine Books, June 1991), ISBN: 0449906299. This myth-breaking study explains the ways in which boys are molested and the reasons why men remain silent about it later in life. Thirteen firsthand "survival stories" offer inspiration to readers.
Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse, by Mike Lew. (Perennial Library, February 1990), ISBN: 0060973005. For millions of men who are survivors of childhood sexusal abuse, this ground-breaking work offers hope, understanding and essential advice for healing. Written by a nationally recognized expert on recovery for male survivors, VICTIMS NO LONGER addresses survivors with compassion, intelligence, and respect.
Leaping upon the Mountains: Men Proclaiming Victory over Sexual Child Abuse, by Mike Lew. (North Atlantic Books, March 2000), ISBN: 155643345X. Presenting the first real investigation of what male survivors themselves identify as most important during various stages of their recovery. This book is about the successes. Its contributors speak eloquently and persuasively of the reality of recovery.
The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis. (Perennial Library, 3rd Edition, June 1994), ISBN: 0060950668.
The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Wendy Maltz. (Quill, Revised Edition February 2001) ISBN: 0060959649. Considered a classic in its field, this comprehensive guide will help survivors of sexual abuse improve their relationships and discover the joys of sexual intimacy. Based on the author's clinical work, interviews, and workshops, this guide is filled with first-person accounts of women and men at every stage of sexual healing.
The Survivor's Guide to Sex: How to Have an Empowered Sex Life After Child Sexual Abuse, by Staci Haines. (Cleis Press, April 1999) ISBN: 1573440795.
Don't Tell: The Sexual Abuse of Boys, by Michel Dorais. (McGill-Queens University Press; July 2002) ISBN: 0773522611. Don't Tell examines the effects of sexual abuse on the emotional and sexual life of men, including their sense of self and their personal relationships. Using the first-hand accounts of victims Dorais shows that certain reactions are specific to male victims of abuse as they attempt to preserve a sense of physical integrity and masculinity.
Sanity and Grace: A Story of Suicide, Survival and Strength,
by Judy Collins. (J.P. Tarcher Press; September 2003)
ISBN: 1585422606. Popular singer and writer Collins centers this "monograph of tears" on her 33-year-old son's suicide in 1992, and the result is a frank and revealing personal work that should resonate with readers who have suffered a similar loss. Using excerpts from her journals, she details her own painful attempts to understand her son's actions. The book's beauty is that Collins never presents her search for understanding in a mawkish or self-centered way. Her spiritual renewal, her efforts to reach out to others through suicide survival groups, and her commitment to "friends, therapists, habits of work and of life that take the power out of the depression" will be an inspiration and a comfort to those left behind.
Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers and Supporters, by Dr. Jaime J. Romo.
39 million people in the United States have experienced sexual abuse in some form. Sadly, most victims live among us with near-invisibility. Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters is a valuable resource for victims of sexual abuse, their support groups, and others impacted by abuse and neglect. Practical, inspirational and hopeful, this book will literally help save lives.
Victor Veith, executive director of the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children shares, "In eloquent, understandable prose, Dr. Romo offers a helping hand to the millions impacted by the sin of child sexual abuse."
This workbook offers insightful personal testimony coupled with practical exercises. Mental health professionals, survivors of sexual abuse, those who feel betrayed by authorities, spiritual guides, or anyone who wishes to help end sexual abuse will find the exercises and insights, here, key in helping victims recover from sexual abuse.