Are You Still Bothered by the Past?: One Woman's Story of Sexual Abuse and Recovery

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Tate Publishing, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 155 pages
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They say you're only as sick as your deepest secret...and Anne Anderson, a victim of unimaginable sexual abuse, had plenty of them. The product of a broken and dysfunctional home, Anderson's childhood was like something out of a nightmare, leaving her abandoned, molested, manipulated, drugged, and even prostituted. The closest thing to love that she experienced was offered with one condition: that she'd agree to have sex. Never mind that she was only twelve years old. And never mind that the man was her only father figure-a man who was supposed to protect and care for her. Unsurprisingly, she was left damaged and deeply scarred, her pain and suffering extending far beyond the abuse itself. For years, she carried around the baggage of her past, feeling emotionally empty and disconnected. When she became a Christian, she thought it was an immediate solution, hoping that her newfound faith would make everything right. But a lifetime of self-sabotaging patterns weren't so easily broken. So how does one move on from such trauma? In Are You Still Bothered by the Past? author Anne Anderson candidly shares her story of abuse, as well as her personal recovery process. Her inspirational message encourages other abuse victims, showing that no matter the circumstances, it is possible to rise above your past and find the hope, healing, and love you long for.
  

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Contents

Preface
11
Introduction
13
The Early Years
17
Loss of Innocence
23
Age Twelve to Thirteen
27
Age Fourteen
31
Age Fifteen
37
The Worst Year
43
Bad Choices
87
Dysfunctional Patterns
91
Breaking the Emotional Dam
95
No Escape
101
Moving Back
105
The Turning Point
109
The Recovery Process
113
Considering My Counseling Experience
125

The Pregnancy
51
Trying to Cope
59
On My Own
67
Major Changes
71
A New Beginning
75
Bible College
79
End of Bible College
83
Continuing Lifes Journey
129
Youre Not Still Bothered by the Past Are You?
135
Breaking the Chain
143
The Plan of Salvation
147
I AM Poem
153
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