New Book Offers Guidance, Hope to Sexual Violence Victims

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Sherrill Nielsen’s “Redeem the Silence” draws on both education and experience to offer aid

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“There is a silence that is killing us,” Nielsen writes. “Millions are impacted by rape and sexual violence and are plagued with struggles they can’t talk about. The time is now to start the healing and redeem the silence.”

Penn State University was rocked recently by an unprecedented fine for its role in the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal. As a result the school has been positioned to give an unprecedented opportunity to move away from secrecy, give a voice to the survivors, and a chance to redeem this horror. In her new book “Redeem the Silence: An Unintended Journey” (published by WestBow Press), author and counselor Sherrill Anderson Nielsen, MFT adds her voice and empowers survivors with hope for healing.

“There is a silence that is killing us,” Nielsen writes. “Millions are impacted by rape and sexual violence and are plagued with struggles they can’t talk about. The time is now to start the healing and redeem the silence.”

A rape survivor herself, Nielsen’s combination of education and experience makes her uniquely qualified to write this book. “If you’re making the courageous choice to pursue healing,” she says, “you’ll notice changes ahead. ‘Like a chick in an egg, you chip away as long as it takes to break your shell. The shell cracks. Pieces come off. A scrawny wet chick shakes itself dry and starts a new life.’”

About the Author
Sherrill Anderson Nielsen, MFT, received her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in special education for the mentally retarded from San Jose State University. She received her teaching credential after finishing a year of graduate school required in California. She was a public school teacher for five years. She went on to complete a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Azusa Pacific University. After a four-year internship, she received her license as a marriage and family therapist.

After many years with Christian Counseling Centers, Nielsen founded what is now Discovery Counseling Center in Morgan Hill, Calif. She served as the director there for seven years.

She was adjunct professor at Western Seminary for three years, teaching human life span development in their master’s degree program. She has been a speaker/presenter for churches, community workshops, and William Jessup University (formerly San Jose Christian College).

Nielsen is a rape survivor and has been on the recovery road herself for 30 years. Nielsen is passionate about rape recovery. She believes there is new life after sexual abuse and violence.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world’s largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) — the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to “inspire the world” with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit http://www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.

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