When the Woman Abused Was You

A Guide to Healing from Sexual Abuse

Christian - Devotion/Study
244 Pages
Reviewed on 08/01/2017
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Sexual abuse is one of the common sources of emotional and psychological suffering for millions of women across the world and this pain has paralyzed some of them, making it exceedingly difficult for them to generously give and receive love. In When the Woman Abused Was You: A Guide to Healing from Sexual Abuse, author, survivor, and preacher, Dawn Scott Damon, talks about this pain and helps readers discover that they have the key to unlocking the door to inner healing. Sexual abuse can make a woman lose her sense of self-worth and dignity, and in many cases, some women find themselves lingering in the shadow of shame, unable to get free from the overwhelming sense of guilt.

In this inspirational and enlightening book, the author shares her personal experience of abuse in a way that is raw, and with utter honesty, allowing readers to understand how the phenomenon affects them and the kinds of thoughts it drives in. Then she moves on to offer powerful tips and insights on how to claim one’s life back, embracing the path towards freedom.

Dawn Scott Damon’s book is a gift that will speak of peace and wisdom to many hearts that have been hurt and that still wallow in the confusion of guilt and shame. The writing is fluid, with well-chosen words that pithily convey the author’s message. I loved the parts where the author shares her own story and it comes across beautifully, in a clear and compassionate voice. Readers will appreciate the reassuring tone of the writing, the logical offering of ideas, and the truth buried in these pages. This is a book for any woman — and any man — who has been made to feel small, dirty, and less human through the painful acts of sexual abuse. When the Woman Abused Was You: A Guide to Healing from Sexual Abuse offers hope and shows readers how to reach out for it. This is another gift to share with those who have been hurt both emotionally and sexually. In these pages lies their path to freedom.

Dianna Rummelt

Being a sexual abuse survivor myself, I found "When the Woman Abused Was You" by Dawn Scott Damon, the absolute best Self Help book I've studied on this topic I began my healing journey in the 80's, and it took years to "connect the dots. Why was I afraid of basements, the dark, small spaces, and men in general. Why did I have PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks and Major Depressive Disorder? "When The Woman Abused Was You" answers all these questions and more. Written in Dawn's own words, out of a heart to see every woman healed and whole, this captivating book draws you in, holds you by the hand and walks the journey to wholeness with you. I firmly believe the truth, wisdom and knowledge within it's pages would have taken years off my own journey to healing.
I highly recommend "When The Woman Abused Was You" to those afflicted by sexual abuse, whether directly or indirectly, for for personal or a group study and as a valuable tool for Pastors, and Biblical counselors of all faiths.

Ashleigh W

This is an amazing book and I highly recommend it! I personly have learned so much from reading it!


I was very encouraged when reading this book. It's truly a guide to healing from past trauma of sexual abuse. It's a step by step guide answering questions that you may have wondered about. It's like having a one on one conversation with Dawn! I was truly blessed when reading her book. It's not a book that I will only read once but I will use it as an everyday guide to help me.

Cathy Perez

I highly recommend this book it's a beginning to understating the layers we attach to ourselves. It's a beginning to opening up and allowing the healing to begin.

Christine Mwangi

I have had friends and a partner who were sexually abused and emotionally scared. They had suffered long term, systematic, subtle (some experiencing not-so-subtle abuse) from people close to them. The most unfortunate thing is that none of the people I know in my life who have been abused had sought help or felt courage to discuss what had happened to them with people with the professional skills, resources and teachings of coping skills to help them overcome the trauma. As an after effect, those around them trying to love and accommodate them in their lives (such as myself) are worried and frustrated with no way of knowing how to help them.

"When The Woman Abused Was You" allowed me to appreciate that healing is a journey, not a destination. To me it appeared as though peace was the destination. It made me appreciate that to love someone who has been abused means understanding that abuse causes layers of scars that you must be patient to helping the person or friend you're with explore and understand themselves.

Abuse is never a one-size-fits-all on how it should be handled or understood. This book gives power to those who have been abused and gives them the power to finally if at all feel that they can accept the challenge of "packing their bags of anger, frustration, sadness, depression, etc " and begin the JOURNEY to healing. This book was so well written, I am considering buying it for those in my life who really need it. It is a game-changer in the way one can look at abuse and it gives great advice from someone (Dawn Damon) who makes you feel like you've known them your whole life! A must have!