Stolen Innocence: Triumphing Over a Childhood Broken by Abuse: A Memoir

Stolen Innocence: Triumphing Over a Childhood Broken by Abuse: A Memoir

by Erin Merryn
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Stolen Innocence: Triumphing Over a Childhood Broken by Abuse: A Memoir by Erin Merryn

Eleven-year-old Erin Merryn's life was transformed on the night she was sexually abused by her cousin, someone she loved and trusted. As the abuse continued, and as she was forced to see her abuser over and over again in social situations, she struggled with self-doubt, panic attacks, nightmares and the weight of whether or not to tell her terrible secret. It wasn't until a traumatic series of events showed her the cost of silence that she chose to speak out-in the process destroying both her family and the last of her innocence.

Through her personal diary, written during the years of her abuse, Erin Merryn shares her journey through pain and confusion to inner strength and, ultimately, forgiveness. Raw, powerful and unflinchingly honest, Stolen Innocence is the inspiring story of one girl's struggle to become a woman, and a bright light on the pain and devastation of abuse.

Stolen Innocence is written with conviction and clarity. [Erin Merryn] doesn't hold back, and I respect her honesty and openness...By the end of the book, I thought I was reading passages from a much older adult than a high school senior. Erin has grown into a strong, wise, intelligent, perceptive, spiritual, caring adult."
--Susan Reedquist, The Children's Advocacy Center

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757302824
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/18/2005
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 139,765
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Erin Merryn earned her masters in social work in 2009. She has been interviewed by a number of media outlets including Oprah, Good Morning America, CNN, and London Times, among others. She was named a Glamour Magazine 2012 Woman of the Year and is the force behind getting "Erin's Law" passed. Her mission is to take this law national as a means to protect children from sexual abuse.

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Stolen Innocence 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
sassypickle More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, there will be no doubt in the reader's mind what Erin went through. The author writes about her feelings in detail and does so repeatedly. It's a sad account of a little girl's childhood irreparably broken at the hands of a family member. The book could have been better edited as there are a lot of mistakes. Of course, anyone can read this book but the writing style is that of an adolescent and would be a great read especially for pre-teens and young adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a book that takes you through the emotional journey of childhood sexual abuse. This book will be helpful for those who have suffered this trauma and those who are trying to understand the pain a victim goes through. Erin is courageous to share her journal through her process from trying to keep the secret to her recovery. Thanks Erin for your honesty and openess. This book is a true gem.
Tracie723 More than 1 year ago
I found this book very inspirational. I read it in one day! I never realized the true power of forgiveness. Although I wasn't sexually abused, I endured verbal and physical abuse throughout my childhood at the hands of my father. I have never forgivin him and still carry alot of pain and anger. This book has got me thinking that maybe its time to let go and work on finding the strength to forgive. Thank you Erin.
Terry Campanella More than 1 year ago
This book was a huge eye opener for me I now have a clear understanding of what its like to live the life of abuse and the aftermath I now know what my husband feels inside even though it is hard for him to talk about it still
Ashley324 More than 1 year ago
I first came across Erin's story in a cosmo girl magazine when I was 17 and living in a group home for girls..I went ang bought the book the next day..I read the book in one day...It was really good..I read it in a different situation then others because I was trying at the time to overcome the sexual abuse of my own brother...Erin's book helped me in a lot of ways..learning to forgive and that it is possible to go foward and be that happy girl again..I look up to Erin in so many ways for bein able to come foward of her story...
Suej7449 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. I lived in the neighborhood of Erin Merryn; the schools she wrote about were schools my daughter attended. I kept hoping that Erin would get to the point where she felt like her life was worth living; she is a remarkable young lady with quite a desire to help others. I have passed the book on to a friend who also couldn't put it down and she is going to suggest that her 17 year old daughter read it.
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KITTENS!!! PUPPIES!!! EEEK!!!
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stephdown More than 1 year ago
I came across this book by accident and it changed my life. Finally there was someone who knew what I was going through. I no longer felt alone in what I was going through and was able to deal more with what was happening in my life. This book was encouraging, inspirational, and ultimately what made me decide to come forward about being raped. A must read for survivors, parents and advocates alike! Thank you Erin for your strength and courage!
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Inspiring story! A must read for anyone not just survivors.
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malaynasmom More than 1 year ago
I just completed reading this book and it's amazing. Erin Merryn is an amazing woman. Anyone who was been sexually abused should read this book. It's hard to believe that she is only 24. She has overcome so much in her short life and continues to be an inspiration to all women. Her next book "Living For Today" will come out in Nov 2009 and I will definitely be purchasing it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read this book,but i have heard her speak on the Montel Show and I can say that I cannot wait to go and buy this book. I am so glad that I watched the show . other wise I would not have even known about this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book for those who have suffered from childhood sexual abuse and for those who are interested in understanding the effects on their loved ones. An easy to follow journey through one girl's nightmare to her final joyful destination. Erin is a strong, courageous, extraordinary young woman. Her story is definitely worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Erin Merryn's Stolen Innocence was an intriguing experience. Her courage in sharing her diary, her most intimate thoughts and feelings is to be commended. The reader will walk with Erin each step of her harrowing experience of being sexually abused by an older cousin. You will feel her pain and want to wipe away each of her tears. You will want to hold and comfort her. You will feel her pain, sadness and fear. You will experience first hand the trauma and devastation of what it is to have a trusted relative destroy the innocence of youth and ability to trust. I, as a victim of sexual abuse can empathize with Erin. I rejoiced when she finally confronted her abuser and also rejoiced when he admitted his wrongdoing and offered an apology so she could finally forgive him. As an adult Erin has become strong through her experience, setting goals and doing volunteer work. She plans to have a career in social work and she has a strong faith. Erin was robbed of her childhood and can never retrieve those stolen innocent years, but with her determination she will be able to help others and perhaps prevent someone from living the same childhood she did. Anyone who has been molested, assaulted or is in the field of helping victims will benefit from reading Stolen Innocence. Sometimes we sneak around to read someones private thoughts in a diary, Erin bears her soul and gives us permission to read it. You will surely be a different person after reading this one.