Sexual Abuse – adult survivors 32. Breaking Free Carolyn Ainscough & Kay Toon This is a practical up to date self-help book for survivors of child sexual abuse. It investigates all the lasting effects of child sexual abuse, which may include guilt and shame, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, fear of relationships and sexual problems. The book includes frank and moving accounts by survivors to demonstrate the range of experiences and feelings involved. The authors (two British clinical psychologists with many years of experience in the field) address many sensitive issues in a sympathetic manner. The book offers a positive and optimistic approach and provides survivors with strategies for coping with the potentially very upsetting and painful process of breaking free from the past. Many abuse survivors have reported this book to be especially valuable. 33. Beginning to Heal: a first book for men and women who were sexually abused as children (revised edition) Ellen Bass & Laura Davies Beginning to Heal offers hope and guidance for survivors starting the healing journey. Based on the authors' bestseller The Courage to Heal, this Revised Edition of Beginning to Heal takes readers through the key stages of the healing process, from crisis times to breaking the silence, grief, and anger, to resolution and moving on. The book offers inspirational highlights, clear explanations, practical suggestions, and personal accounts of survivors' pain, their strength, and their triumphs. 34. The Courage to Heal Ellen Bass & Laura Davies Drawing on the authors’ personal experiences and extensive clinical involvement, this book is aimed at women who have been victims of child sexual abuse (although men who are survivors of such abuse may also fond the book helpful). It offers advice on coming to terms with the past while moving positively into the future, and provides an explanation of the healing process, first-person accounts of recovery, the practical suggestions delivered From the authors’ work with hundreds of survivors. the purpose of the book is to influence survivors with hope and courage to embark on a healing process. It has an inspiration focus, but also guides readers through various stages of healing, helping them to recognise and understand the different ways in which they have already coped with the abuse and then suggesting a range of alternative strategies that might promote more effective coping. The reader is shown how to re-channel energy that might previously have been spent on self-blame and feelings of worthlessness into working towards a healthy recovery. The book also includes a section for partners, helping them understand the emotional and sexual problems faced by survivors.