Can't Touch My Soul: A Guide for Lesbian Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

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This groundbreaking study of lesbian survivors of childhood sexual abuse addresses the endemic feelings of horrible isolation and shame experienced by survivors through the words of 60 women who shared with Rafanello their inspiring stories of recovery. In addition, Rafanello includes up-to-date research and information on post?traumatic stress disorder and healing therapies; hard-to-find specific resources for lesbian survivors and those who help them; and detailed appendixes and resource guides. A systematic ...

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Overview

This groundbreaking study of lesbian survivors of childhood sexual abuse addresses the endemic feelings of horrible isolation and shame experienced by survivors through the words of 60 women who shared with Rafanello their inspiring stories of recovery. In addition, Rafanello includes up-to-date research and information on post—traumatic stress disorder and healing therapies; hard-to-find specific resources for lesbian survivors and those who help them; and detailed appendixes and resource guides. A systematic guide to recovery, from the earliest stages of remembering to overcoming the coping and defense mechanisms children adapt to survive.

Donna Rafanello has worked extensively in social services. She been a contributing editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics and a consulting editor for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781555837761
  • Publisher: Alyson Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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Donna Rafanello, herself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, has worked extensively in women's centers, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis programs, and abuse prevention programs. She has written for Chicago Parent and Chicago Baby magazines and has been a contributing editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics and a consulting editor for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She is currently a child and Family counselor at a child-care center for homeless children in Long Beach, Calif.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    Like Group Therapy with several close girlfriends....

    What is the relationship between being a victim of childhood abuse and being a lesbian? Did one cause the other? Ms Rafanello explores these, and other issues in her book, Can't Touch My Soul, A Guide For Lesbian Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.

    Can't Touch My Soul is recommended reading if you think you may be a lesbian but afraid to admit it - even to yourself - or if you blame your sexual orientation on your negative childhood experiences - rightly or wrongly - because this book is written to help you to find acceptance and healing.

    Can't Touch My Soul is the equivalent to talking confidentially with several lesbians, heart to heart, friend to friend. I recommend the reader to make themselves a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and relax, and treat yourself to a little 'girl time'. You'll be glad you did. Many survivors feel alone but after reading this book, you'll come to realize that you are not alone and there are others who know what you're going through. While this book is helpful for survivors to heal and deal, it is especially essential to help us understand and re-think what we thought we knew as we're provided with a new understanding. Can't Touch My Soul is compassionate and informative - like group therapy with several close girl-friends.

    ~ Catharsis Foundation
    "It's Time To Tell!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2006

    informative and helpful

    can't touch my soul is a wonderful book to read for survivers, their partners, friends, and families. this book is honest and informative. i had only one problem with this book. the section titled spirituality was very one-sided. the author made it sound as if you MUST believe in god to truly heal. i can tell you from experience that this is completly untrue. my girlfriend and i are both atheists and are very happy, stable people. i personally felt as if the author, donna rafanello, made atheists seem unhealthy and lost. this could not be further from the truth. i realized last year that god does not exist and since that time i have never felt more sure of myself. i am happier now than i have ever been and my girlfriend feels the same way. if 'god' is apart of your life than maybe you would need him to heal from the deep scars of being abused. many people, however, do not need faith in a god in order to feel good about themselves and their lives. i cannot begin to tell you how deeply offended i was after reading this section of the book. ms. rafanello, maybe you have never met a happy lesbian atheist before. well, it's nice to meet you. now, you have met one. if you study the scientific evidence, you'll find that 'god' is no more than a fairy tale. anyway, i did get alot out of this book despite the fact that it is very offensive to atheists. i do applaud ms. rafanello for her excellent writing skills. this book is filled with useful information for any lesbian surviver of sexual abuse. i do recommend this book because it helped me out a great deal. all in all 4 stars.

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