Why I Write About Revictimization from Child Sexual Abuse

It is painful to think about being raped repeatedly which makes it hard to get help.

    I wrote the book, "When Girls Don't Tell" because I wanted people who know me to understand how much I have overcome. I also wanted to encourage others who have been imprisoned by the secrecy, shame, confusion and bitterness (among other tragic issues) that there is a way out. There is a way to find peace, love and a sense of wholeness.

    I was first sexually abused at the age of four. I remember at least 5 separate instances of sexual abuse that followed with at least 5 different offenders. After I started writing the book, I experienced different emotional transitions. I fluctuated from fear that others would see me as a bad person to relief that I was finally coming to terms with what happened.

    People who have been sexually abused need to know that this experience definately influences how they view and live their lives. It needs to be addressed rather than ignored.   -Dr. Margaret Jamal

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