How Long Does It Hurt?: A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, Their Friends, and Their Families

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How Long Does It Hurt? is the revised and updated edition of the best-selling book written by an incest survivor for future survivors. This step-by-step guide speaks directly to victims of sexual abuse¾to help them come to grips with what is happening to them and overcome their feelings of isolation, confusion, and self-doubt.

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How Long Does It Hurt? written by an incest survivor for future survivors, is a step-by-step guide that speaks directly to sexually abused teenagers about coming to grips with what is happening to them and overcoming the isolation, confusion, and self-doubt they feel. With straight-forward language and hands-on information, this book provides a variety of real options for escaping abusive situations, taking control of their lives, and beginning the healing process. Based on actual case studies and person-to-person interviews with adolescent survivors, the authors address with candor and warmth the tough and most fundamental questions and issues that abused teens face, includingwhat is sexual abuse and incest, and am I a victim?who do I tell, and what will happen to me and my familywhat happens in court and how do I get what is best for me?how do I stand up to friends, family members, and others who tell me I'm making it all up?will I ever recover and have a happy, normal life? This groundbreaking book sends a message of support, strength, and empowerment to the thousands of forgotten and suffering adolescents with a resounding "Yes, you can make it stop. This is how." Through compelling, true stories, three teenaged survivors share their nightmarish experiences, their triumphs, and ongoing struggles to heal and live whole lives— and they offer encouragement and hope to other young victims who dare to make it stop.

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How Long Does It Hurt?

How Long Does It Hurt? is the revised and updated edition of the best-selling book written by an incest survivor for future survivors. This step-by-step guide speaks directly to victims of sexual abuse—to help them come to grips with what is happening to them and overcome their feelings of isolation, confusion, and self-doubt.

PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION OF HOW LONG DOES IT HURT?

"Excellent! Unique! Worthwhile! . . .Addresses an exhaustive range of issues pertinent to sexual abuse survivors and does so in a manner that is dynamic, engaging, and straightforward."
—Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin

"How Long Does It Hurt? fully achieves its claim as a guide to recovering from incest and sexual abuse for teenagers, their friends, and their families and will likely fulfill the authors' wish that teens will learn that they are not alone and can successfully continue on from the pain."
—The University of Kansas, Journal of Pediatric Psychology

"The most helpful aspects of the book are the case examples and testimonials of vic tims. Especially useful are the personalized descriptions of possible reactions in self or from others and the accompanying message to have the strength and courage to find a way to recover despite the obstacles."
—Violence and Victims

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