Stolen Tomorrows: Understanding and Treating Women's Childhood Sexual Abuse

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From the psychotherapist who offered groundbreaking work on self-mutilation (Cutting) and anorexia (Anatomy of Anorexia) comes a vivid examination of the psychology of sexual abuse.

Through powerful case studies and incisive analysis, Stolen Tomorrows illuminates the variety and consequences of women's childhood sexual abuse. Enlivened by the accessible writing and professional expertise of Stephen Levenkron and his wife, Abby, Stolen Tomorrows encourages the 20 percent of women...

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Overview

From the psychotherapist who offered groundbreaking work on self-mutilation (Cutting) and anorexia (Anatomy of Anorexia) comes a vivid examination of the psychology of sexual abuse.

Through powerful case studies and incisive analysis, Stolen Tomorrows illuminates the variety and consequences of women's childhood sexual abuse. Enlivened by the accessible writing and professional expertise of Stephen Levenkron and his wife, Abby, Stolen Tomorrows encourages the 20 percent of women who have been abused to think about, talk about, and seek help for what has been their secret shame. In addition to giving therapists and other helpers an empathic insight, Stolen Tomorrows will enable the survivor to recognize herself in both her personal history and current struggle to overcome the legacy of abuse.

About the Author:
Steven Levenkron is a psychotherapist and the author of seven previous books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393060867
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Levenkron is a psychotherapist and the author of seven previous books, including Cutting and The Anatomy of Anorexia. He lives and practices in New York City.

Abby Levenkron is a psychotherapist.

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Table of Contents


Toxic Water, Stunted Tree: An Introduction to Childhood Sexual Abuse     9
Then and Now
The Sexually Abused Child as an Adult     15
How Children Survive Sexual Abuse     27
Case Histories: Understanding through Example
June: The Evil Magnet     41
Deirdre: Wanting Family Support, Not Revenge     52
Annie and Gina: Afraid to Receive Pleasure     59
Adrienne: Sad Little Girl in the Photo     64
Marjorie: Uncle Bill in the Barn     68
Lana: "Easy Money"     75
Rose: "I Remember Those Hairy Arms"     83
Emily: Cornered     89
Cassie: The "Phantom Palette"     93
Olivia: The Effect of Sexual Abuse on Marriage     105
Audrey: The Father     111
Ava: "Poor Kid in a Rich Family"     116
Maureen: "Dissociation Just Happens"     121
Kendra: "So I Have to Be Normal?"     126
Julie: Relief from Psychotic Episodes     133
Doreen: Compulsive Scratching Is Self-Mutilation     136
Jen: A Case of Iatrogenic Abuse     141
Understanding Stolen Tomorrows
Trauma     151
The Survivor's Relationship to Her Body     160
Self-Mutilation     164
Eating Disorders     170
Physical, Sexual, and Social Impairments     176
Recovering Stolen Tomorrows
Developing Readiness for Treatment     185
Setting Therapeutic Goals     192
Balancing Bonding with Boundaries     200
Tasks and Challenges Facing the Therapist     209
Pacing in Therapy     216
Repairing the Damage: Reducing the Effects of Trauma     228
Taking a Closer Look at Psychotherapy     236
Going Public with Family and Community     242
Adolescent Date Rape     247
Combating Body Memories with the Mind     256
To the Sexually Abused Reader: Getting the Help You Need     262
Afterword     269
Acknowlegments     271
Notes     273
Additional Resources     275
Index     277
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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Heartfelt and Factual: A reference for victims of sexual abuse

    Authors Steven Levenkron and Abby Levenkron base their facts in Stolen Tomorrows: Understanding and treating women's childhood sexual abuse, on their experience with victims in their respective psycoltherapy practices. The book explains to the reader in lay terms the psychological, mental, physical and emotional pain lived through by victims. The authors use case studies to illuminate different types of behaviors displayed by victims, and the scientific basis for the behaviors. The stories are told in a manner which can be clearly understood by the reader; it doesn't read like a textbook.

    The empathy the authors display throughout the book is encouraging to victims and useful for professionals. Without empathy and validation, recovery is virtually impossible. However, the authors explain, with therapy,caring, and at times medication, many victims do recover and go on to live full and productive lives. They are taught to put the past in a place where they don't forget, but can live without the past impairing their chances for a future.

    The book ends with notes for additional information and web sites which can be useful to the reader. I would recommend highly this book to victims, therapists, and the general reader who may know someone who is a victim of childhood sexual abuse. In a world full of turmoil, the public is fortunate to know there are doctors who do care and work very hard to help their patients to recover from trauma. This book goes a long way toward erasing the stigma felt by victims, and puts it in the place it where it belongs, with the perpetrator.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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