Partners in Recovery: How Mates, Lovers, and Other Prosurvivors Can Learn to Support and Cope with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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Being in a relationship with a man or woman who suffered sexual abuse as a child can be both difficult and rewarding. She or he may experience emotional swings and relive long-buffed memories which cannot include you. At the same time, the partner of an adult survivor has the opportunity to provide the love and support that can make a critical difference in recovery.

In the first book written for the mates, lovers, and friends of survivors of childhood sexual abuse, renowned ...

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Overview

Being in a relationship with a man or woman who suffered sexual abuse as a child can be both difficult and rewarding. She or he may experience emotional swings and relive long-buffed memories which cannot include you. At the same time, the partner of an adult survivor has the opportunity to provide the love and support that can make a critical difference in recovery.

In the first book written for the mates, lovers, and friends of survivors of childhood sexual abuse, renowned author and therapist Beverly Engel gently guides both survivors and their partners step by step through the seven phases of recovery, including what to expect from one another and how to live through the difficult times. She separates myth from truth and includes important information on understanding, believing, and accepting the fact of abuse. She also offers validation for the anger, frustration, and helplessness you are bound to feel.

With her unique understanding of both sides of the relationship, as survivor and therapist, Beverly Engel advises partners on questions and concerns surrounding the balance of power, issues of control, and sexual problems. And finally, she discusses how one partner's recovery can change a relationship and how to determine whether the relationship is still working for both of you.

Hopeful and caring, Partners in Recovery can help survivors and those who love them through one of the most challenging times they will ever face together.

Child abuse expert Engel gently guides readers through seven stages of recovery, including what to expect from one another and how to live through difficult times. Separating myth from truth, Engel explains a three-part process that aids in understanding, believing, and accepting the adult survivors, as well as supporting the anger, frustration and helplessness the mate or lover may feel.

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Despite the plethora of self-help and 12-step recovery books available, there is a surprising lack of books written to help prosurvivors--those who are living with or close to someone recovering from some type of abuse. Engel, a therapist and author of The Right to Innocence (Tarcher, 1989), helps fill the gap with this well-written work full of advice and case histories for prosurvivors whose companions were sexually abused as children. Part 1 provides basic information on abuse, the recovery process, and the corresponding reactions of the survivor. Most importantly, Engel clearly outlines the types of support the survivor needs from the prosurvivor. Part 2 explores the reactions prosurvivors experience during the recovery period and how to cope. Part 3 deals with several highly sensitive issues including the sexual relations between the survivor and prosurvivor and the balance of power in the relationship. With an estimated one in three adults having suffered past sexual abuse, this book will be invaluable to anyone accompanying a survivor along the rocky road to recovery.-- Jennifer Amador, Central State Hosp., Medical Lib., Petersburg, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449906750
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/16/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Ballantine Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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