One Woman’s Inspiring Story as Abuse Survivor

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Jeanne Byrns pens new book about her difficult upbringing, The Eyes Have It

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According to the organization ChildHelp, over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States. Jeanne Byrns’ life was one such nightmare of physical, emotional, sexual and mental abuse. “The Eyes Have It” (published by Trafford Publishing) is not simply a journal of wrongs and injustice, but that of her overcoming and changing her life. Her struggles to understand why she was a victim and to forgive her tormentors helped her become a stronger person and a person other wounded survivors turn to for comfort.

Byrns was inspired to write “The Eyes Have It” to help abuse survivors, to let them know they don’t have to settle for a pain-filled, helpless life. “Just because you suffered in the past, you need not settle for less than the best,” she says. “You are a wonderful human being with potential to become anything you want.

An excerpt from “The Eyes Have It”:

From then on, Joy, Ray, and I listened more fearfully and came if we even thought we were being called, no matter what we were doing. We dropped whatever it was that held our attention and ran for home in fear and trembling, never knowing what lay in wait when we arrived. We were taught, carefully taught, to “be afraid unless we obeyed.” At least, obedience is what Daddy called it. To us the lesson was not about exact and immediate obedience; it was about fear. We responded instantly because we were so afraid. We lived with that fear all the time when we were home. It was a natural state of being for us, like curiosity or security or comfort is for many children. We were being trained to accept fear as a way of life.

“Survivors deserve a better life and this is possible.”

About the Author
Jeanne Byrns is a successful sculptor, artist, medical assistant, mother of five and grandmother of five. She has overcome a history of mental and emotional torture, as well as physical and sexual abuse. “The Eyes Have It” is her story of what happened and how she overcame that abuse.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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