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Child Sexual Abuse: Beginning to Heal

          May, 2017

Quote of the month  

"The person you want to become
 is already 
inside you.  Getting in touch with the stillness within can 
help you see 
that you are 
more than just 
a person in pain."

  from the book Beginning to Heal 
by Ellen Bass and 
Laura Davis

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First I would like to thank you for opening this newsletter.  This is not an easy topic to mention but one that I find is so rampant in our society, more than most people know.  Many individuals facing this issue are not sure where to turn to begin the process of dealing with these events from their past.  My hope is that this newsletter can be read and/or forwarded to someone in need of its content so they may begin the very important process of healing.

I am looking to increase my base of subscribers for this newsletter.  Please pass along to family and friends who may be interested in the monthly content of this newsletter.  Creating a web of knowledge helps those in need, especially if you are unaware of that need.

Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT
305 Miron Drive 
Southlake, TX 76092
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From The Positive Perspective......

I would like to share an excellent resource for those whose lives have been affected by this tragedy.  The book is called Beginning to Heal (Revised Edition): A First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused As Children.  The authors are Ellen Bass and Laura Davis. These authors have also written other wonderful books on this topic, should you need more information.  While other resources in this area might be considered by some to be intense and may discourage individuals from getting in-depth on the subject, this book offers a gentler approach and, in my opinion, allows the reader to progress at their own pace when they are ready.  This book is full of bullet-pointed lists that spell out what to think about and process. It is very well written and clear. Please remember, though, that this book is a first step, not a beginning-to-end process.  This book represents Step 1 of many in the hopes that it encourages individuals to take the next step and seek more intense assistance.

Examples of Chapter titles include Healing is Possible, the Emergency Stage, Breaking Silence, Grieving, and The Process of Change.  There are "Stories of Courage" in this book that can give the reader increased confidence in their own process of healing. 

Again, my hope is that those who need assistance with this issue begin to reach out and be courageous enough to surround themselves with a support system that helps them begin to heal. Maybe someday this issue will no longer be the force that holds amazing people from being their best.

Until next time.....look at life and your inspirations From The Positive Perspective.

National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453 

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