Stolen Tomorrows: Understanding and Treating Women's Childhood Sexual Abuse

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 17, 2008 - Self-Help - 288 pages
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"The most practical, down to earth, thoughtful, and sensitive book written on women's childhood sexual abuse."—Samuel C. Klagsbrun, MD

From the psychotherapist who offered groundbreaking work on self-mutilation (Cutting) comes a landmark examination of the psychology of sexual abuse. Stolen Tomorrows encourages the 20 percent of women who have been abused to think about, talk about, and seek help for what has been their secret shame. In addition to giving therapists and other helpers an empathic insight, Stolen Tomorrows will enable the survivor to recognize herself in both her personal history and her current struggle to overcome the legacy of abuse.
 

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This book was very well researched and interesting to read. There were several accounts from women surivivors of childhood sexual abuse from their time in counselling with Author and counsellor, Dr ... Read full review

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New York psychotherapist Levenkron (Anatomy of Anorexia ) collaborates with his therapist wife, Abby, to produce this lucid, accessible account of primary issues encountered by female sexual abuse ... Read full review

Contents

An Introduction to Childhood Sexual Abuse
9
PART ONE Then and
13
The Sexually Abused Child as an Adult
15
How Children Survive Sexual Abuse
27
Case Histories Understanding through Example
39
The Evil Magnet
41
Wanting Family Support Not Revenge
52
Afraid to Receive Pleasure
59
Trauma
151
The Survivors Relationship to Her Body
160
SelfMutilation
164
Eating Disorders
170
Physical Sexual and Social Impairments
176
Recovering Stolen Tomorrows
183
Developing Readiness for Treatment
185
Setting Therapeutic Goals
192

Sad Little Girl in the Photo
64
Uncle Bill in the Barn
68
Easy Money
75
I Remember Those Hairy Arms
83
Cornered
89
The Phantom Palette
93
The Effect of Sexual Abuse on Marriage
105
The Father
111
Poor Kid in a Rich Family
116
Dissociation Just Happens
121
So I Have to Be Normal?
126
Relief from Psychotic Episodes
133
Compulsive Scratching Is SelfMutilation
136
A Case of Iatrogenic Abuse
141
Understanding Stolen Tomorrows
149
Balancing Bonding with Boundaries
200
Tasks and Challenges Facing the Therapist
209
Pacing in Therapy
216
Reducing the Effects of Trauma
228
Taking a Closer Look at Psychotherapy
236
Going Public with Family and Community
242
Adolescent Date Rape
247
Combating Body Memories with the Mind
256
Getting the Help You Need
262
Afterword
269
Acknowlegments
271
Notes
273
Additional Resources
275
Index
277
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Steven Levenkron is a psychotherapist and the author of seven previous books, including Cutting and The Anatomy of Anorexia. He lives and practices in New York City.

Abby Levenkron is a psychotherapist.

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