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NCJ Number: 151641 Find in a Library
Title: Lights in the Darkness: For Survivors and Healers of Sexual Abuse
Author(s): A Clark
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 142
Sponsoring Agency: Resurrection Press, Ltd
Williston Park, NY 11596
Publication Number: ISBN 1-878718-12-6
Sale Source: Resurrection Press, Ltd
P.O. Box 248
Williston Park, NY 11596
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Written from a Christian perspective by an Amityville Dominican Sister who is a survivor of incest, rape, and sexual assaults, this volume uses poetry, passages from the Bible, imagery, and anecdotes to aid adult survivors of sex offenses to understand and deal with sexual assault trauma and to provide ministers and friends of sexual assault victims with an understanding of these issues.
Abstract: The text focuses on the psychological and spiritual issues experienced by sexual assault victims, the long-term effects of sexual abuse on the adult survivor's current life, and the process of recovery. It notes that 90 percent of survivors deal with some type of depressive disorder, 85 percent have an alcohol or drug addiction, and 75 percent have attempted suicide. The volume also provides practical suggestions and guidelines for use by both survivors and ministers in addressing these and other issues. Appended glossary and lists of publications, videotapes, and resource organizations
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Religion; Self-help programs; Self-help therapy; Sexual assault trauma; Victim services
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