Actress-Author Nadia Sahari's Memoir 'Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse' Shows Her Recovery From Molestation, Beatings, Rape, Kidnapping and Attempts on Her Life

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New Book "Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse" by author-actress Nadia Sahari (, who has a role in the current feature movie "Bandslam" ( tells readers how she struggled to overcome sexual abuse as a child as well as rape and attempts on her life. Ms. Sahari says her childhood dream to become a Hollywood actress kept her going through many difficult times. Her Hollywood "break " in 2 films now are what she calls "dreams come true."

Actress-author Nadia Sahari has penned new book "Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse" ( about her struggles to overcome child abuse, severe beatings and even murder attempts. She appears in the current film " Bandslam"

I cannot recall in recent memory a more hard-hitting and poignant story of how a woman struggled to overcome such adversity in her life and emerged as an author to tell about it…I could not put 'Breakaway' down once I started to read.

Lebanese-American author-actress and entrepreneur Nadia Sahari has written a highly revealing memoir, Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse (, which dramatically details her 18 years of abuse, including sexual molestation by her grandfather, frequent severe beatings from her strict father and then from her alcoholic first husband, rape, kidnapping, family abandonment and several attempts on her life. The book explains how she overcame the fear and shame that kept her imprisoned in intolerable conditions and how she broke away from abuse and adjusted psychologically to personal freedom.

"Because there is so much abuse of women and children, I wrote this book (, to show what I went through and what I did to survive and get out of it," Sahari explains. "I wanted to give my readers hope, encouragement and inspiration to make the right choices that can save their lives and those of their children.

"When I endured abuse, I had no one to turn to, but today there are many groups people can go to for help. I list contact information for 26 of them in my book, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800/799-SAFE. I also emphasize that forgiving your abuser, whether they ask for it or not, is crucial to setting yourself free. There's no reason to stay in an abusive situation. You have friends, neighbors and others who can help you, so you can break the silence that imprisons you."            

Jack Roberts, morning radio show host at LA-based Cable Radio Network said about Ms. Sahari and her book: "I cannot recall in recent memory a more hard-hitting and poignant story of how a woman struggled to overcome such adversity in her life and emerged as an author to tell about it…I could not put 'Breakaway' down once I started to read."

Said nationally syndicated radio host Rick Anthony of Hollywood Film Flash: "Child abuse is a huge problem in the world, stretching from the USA to India to the Middle East. Nadia Sahari's book shows one woman's journey out of torment, torture, to a new life as an author and actress. She pursued her dreams and they came true for her."

Irene Watson, author of "The Sitting Swing: Finding the Wisdom to Know the Difference," declares, "This is an extremely poignant book dealing with issues many women must overcome. I commend Nadia for coming out with her story so that other women can find hope and encouragement, and so that they can survive abuse."

Up to three million women are physically abused in the U.S. each year, usually by a husband, boyfriend or family member--and that is only the fraction of cases reported. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, 17.7 million American women have been the victims of attempted or actual rape. A portion of the net proceeds from the sales of Breakaway will be donated to groups that aid abused women and children.

About author Nadia Sahari
Nadia Sahari was born in Lebanon and grew up in Dearborn, MI, in a strict Shia Muslim household. As an entrepreneur, she has owned and operated a jewelry store, three fashion boutiques, a cell phone/pager store and a vitamin company with 33 employees. She has performed and taught belly dancing. After studying acting in Nevada and Texas, she became a professional actress, appearing in several recent episodes of Friday Night Lights and feature film "Conflict of Interest "(with Michael Madsen and Lee Majors). Her role in the upcoming film "Bandslam" (with Lisa Kudrow and David Bowie, which goes into national theatrical release in August) earned her a Screen Actors Guild membership. Sahari was invited to be a panelist on Oprah and has been featured in a cover story in County Woman magazine. An activist for the rights of women and children, Sahari supports legislation to protect innocent victims of abuse.

Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse
272-page paperback: $19.95;
Pink Butterfly Press; ISBN: 978-0-9820413-0-7
Available at,,, and bookstores


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