Come here: a man overcomes the tragic aftermath of childhood sexual abuse

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Villard Books, 1993 - Social Science - 301 pages
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Not until Dr. Berendzen was in his early fifties did the secret he had so long repressed return to haunt him. An eminent astronomer and academician who had transformed American University in Washington, D.C., from a party school into a first-rate university, he was a devoted husband and family man whose only notable "vice" was workaholism. When his father died and Berendzen returned to his parents' East Dallas house, to the very room where he had been abused, something snapped. The shattering events that ensued are recounted with remarkable candor in Come Here. Overwhelmed by a flood of forbidden memories and unanswered questions, Dr. Berendzen began making bizarrely suggestive phone calls, which were traced to his office. Forced to resign his post, he entered the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and commenced a slow and tortuous recovery process.

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COME HERE: A Man Overcomes the Tragic Aftermath of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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A scandal broke out a few years ago when American University president Berendzen was caught making sexually oriented phone calls to strangers. Here, Berendzen (Is My Armor Straight?, 1985) and Palmer ... Read full review



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Richard Berendzen has conducted research on solar astrophysics, cosmology, history of astronomy, and education and human resources in science. He has had research grants from the NSF and NASA and has served as a consultant to the National Academy of Science and NASA Headquarters. The author has taught astronomy at Harvard and was a faculty member at Boston University where he chaired the Astronomy Department.

CAROLYN JESSOP was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a group splintered from and renounced by the Mormon Church, and spent most of her life in Colorado City, Arizona, the main base of the FLDS. Since leaving the group in 2003, she has lived in West Jordon, Utah, with her eight children. LAURA PALMER is the author of "Shrapnel in the Heart" and collaborated on five other books, the most recent being "To Catch a Predator" with NBC's Chris Hansen. She lives in New York City.

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