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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In "When a Woman You Love Was Abused" Dawn Jones has written a thought-provoking and up-front book of what it is like to be an abused child and what emotional problems may be faced by those trying to love the survivors of childhood sexual abuse. There is a clear and concise section related to the various forms of sexual abuse and then the emotional sequella of abuse is considered. The fact that sexually abused children grow up with a sense of shame and fear is an important factor in why they generally develop distorted self-images that will bring problem after problem in adulthood. One of the important sections in the book is that of trying to understand the importance of bringing abuse into the memory of the survivor so that it can be dealt with openly and in a healing environment. As the author points out, it is only in the telling that the healing can realistically occur.
Ms. Jones uses her own personal abuse story to illustrate the many facets of abuse to the child and to the adult survivor. She vividly describes the cost to an intimate relationship should the abuse story remains hidden. One of the most helpful sections must surely be that of advice to husbands and/or loved ones. The "helpers" also need counsel and guidance as their self-images are bound to be tarnished because of the actions of the abused partner. This is a highly readable book for anyone who has survived and it is equally insightful for those choosing to help.