FREEING SHAME

sadgirlDavis speaks of survivors who feel ashamed of their sexual feelings. Many times “survivors feel their bodies betrayed them when they were children: they responded sexually to abuse. This is one of the deepest pockets of shame many survivors carry”  (Davis, 1991, 203).

More devastating than the inability to ward off the abuser  is the perception that one cannot trust oneself. In my case it was an accurate perception. My body follows me through life; my father does not. (p. 200)

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From FALLOUT: A Survivor Talks to Incest Offenders (and Others) by moi

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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