Book Chronicles One Woman’s Journey from Abuse to Forgiveness

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Author C. Ann Rikoff details her recovery from child abuse and reaches out to other victims

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Over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States reports ChildHelp, a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. It’s a reality that author C. Ann Rikoff understands well. Rikoff, author of the new book Bears Don’t Tell: A Story for Grownups (published by AuthorHouse), was abused for years by a parent.

“The violation of incest and neglect is a memory which will never go away,” says Rikoff. “This book was a therapeutic outlet to help me express my frustration. I learned how to deal with the situation through therapy, books and mostly from the Bible.”

In Bears Don’t Tell, Rikoff chronicles her recovery from a life of depression and self-blame. She intimately describes her therapy sessions, detailing how the two ornamental bears in her therapist office never divulge her secrets.

“After an attempted suicide, my self esteem hit bottom,” Rikoff remembers. “The bad memories of what happened to me as a child haunted me, but I learned through therapy and God's Word how to deal with it.”

Rikoff hopes Bears Don’t Tell leads other victims of abuse to seek help and a close relationship with God. She also stresses the healing power of forgiveness and details her own struggle to love her parents in spite of her years of abuse.

“I wanted to reach out and encourage other victims. We have a choice as to whether we grow stronger or weaker when it comes to trials, and one of the biggest problems was to deal with low self esteem.”

Rikoff leaves readers with a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

About the Author
C. Ann Rikoff has two daughters and five grandchildren. She and her husband live in the Midwest and have been married for 13 years.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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