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When a child is in a dangerous home environment, every effort should be made to get him or her to safety. However, healing doesn’t stop with providing a child with a safer home. Children who suffer abuse often continue to suffer in other ways long after they are separated from their abuser, showing symptoms years or even decades into adulthood. These symptoms can be devastating for them and their personal relationships.
It is refreshing when I hear and read survivor stories...The "survivor" attitude is something I can relate to...and it's great to see people go from "victim" to "survivor". During my journey as a survivor, I've met some great people along the way. One of those is Aprel Phelps Downey. On this page is more information on Aprel's book, "Mending The Broken Parts". It's not always easy to make the journey to survivor.
In his autobiography, Adam Starks provides a valiantly candid account of the turbulence faced during his years leading up to and while in foster care. In a path breaking twist from other well-written memoirs of former foster youth, his story reflects on the acting out that ensued as a result of a constant sense of instability in the world around him.
Amid his internal struggles, Adam properly attributes his ability to remain steadfast toward achieving his successful breakaway from the cycle to his education and the ones who gathered around him during his times of need.
His story provides inspiration for anyone searching for a sign of strength to relate to their own struggle. Broken Child Mended Man is a testimony for anyone who wants to overcome trials in their life and realize their ultimate worth.
From early childhood, Rosa finds herself in a constant struggle of survival where she is let down by every adult around her except her dear grandfather, Nonno. But Nonno, her only stability in life, has to leave for Italy and then her parents subsequently divorce. Her motherâs work means Rosa is left in the most dangerous hands possible; the hands of a sexual predator.
Regina's book is probably one of the best books I have read when it comes to survivors of abuse. It's an incredible read and an incredible inspiration for adult survivors of abuse. This book was instrumental in my coming forward and speaking more about my childhood experiences as well as the formation of The Blue Ribbon Project.
(From Amazon) Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope.
Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.
A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all.
Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American Dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.
While this book doesn't fall in-line with Child Abuse, it does tell a remarkable story about SURVIVAL after a trauma. This book also hits somewhat close to home as I both live and work in the city in which this happened. When I first joined Annapolis Police, I did not know Jennifer Wheately-Wolf. In 2010, I heard the rumblings of a "cold case". I then began looking into the case. I discovered that some of my co-workers had worked this case.
You see, back in 1988, Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf became the victim of one of the most serious crimes imaginable. For many years, the person responsible had walked free from prosecution....until a fingerprint hit came back in 2010 and the case moved full steam ahead. It wasn't until things were in motion that I had the opportunity to meet Jennifer and see the outcome of the case. It was Jennifer's book that helped me continue my growth as a survivor and not a victim. It is for this reason, I feel her book is important, even for survivors of child abuse. Jennifer has also been a huge supporter of this website and our mission in helping others.Please check out her book...you will not regret it!