To have a future of freedom we have to let go of the resentments of the past. As long as we hold on to the old, our hands will not be free to receive any of the new.
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) June 17, 2013
Author and inspirational speaker Debra Jean Collins today announced another personal triumph, the release of "Crossing Over Boundaries," (http://amzn.to/11fnkeU) a memoir (http://www.Amazon.com) that details the history of her father’s uncontrollable urges and the innocence that he stole from his own daughter.
"Crossing Over Boundaries" is a book of pain and glory. Collins (http://bit.ly/14ItHIs) inks out her long journey through child abuse, self-destruction, recovery and self-discovery.
Collin’s passage from a carefree child to a homeless, delusional crystal meth-addicted alcoholic highlights the warning signs and the overwhelming sense of powerlessness this abuse takes on its subject.
Since the age of six, when she became the object of her father’s attention, Collins has known the shame and stigma of being a victim. Born and raised between West Covina and Costa Mesa, CA on the outside, she seemed to live a very ordinary life. But each night after she said her prayers and before she fell asleep, she was racked with the fear that her own father would sneak into her room and molest her.
In this country, an estimated one out of every four women (and one out of every six men) is sexually abused as a child. Six out of ten times, the abuser is a male family member or friend of the family.
A few short years after graduating high school, she married, hoping to bury her past abuse in her new life. At the age of 25, Collins chronic panic attacks had become so severe that she often couldn’t breathe. The lack of trust and intimacy with her husband resulted in a slow decline of her marriage and eventually everything else important would slip away.
By the age of 40, Collins found herself out of housing, food and luck. Still haunted by her childhood secret, she filled the void with alcohol and drugs. As the rest of her life collapsed, she took up the age-old profession to keep a roof over her head and feed her growing drug habit.
Collins hopes that by sharing her story, it may help another child, suffering the same horror, or stop someone from making another child a victim of molestation.
She lives in Glendale, CA with her youngest daughter and keeps in close contact with her son, her eldest daughter and son-in-law, and her two small grandsons. Collins graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ashford College in 2011. She is active in the community, attends AA meetings regularly, writes and gives lectures about surviving incest and drug abuse.
Her first book, "Crossing Over Boundaries" is available on http://www.Amazon.com.