Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse Share Their Stories in New Book

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Love is what abuse survivors want, and love is what they say is not going well for them.

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An unsettling yet compelling work on the issue of childhood sexual abuse that will be valuable for survivors and their loved ones as well as health-care professionals. - Library Journal

Over 700,000 children are abused each year. Millions of adults today are still trying to cope with the effects of trauma they endured as children.

As a psychotherapist, Laurie Kahn treats adults who were abused at the hands of someone they loved when they were children. Laurie, too, had to learn to navigate a wilderness in order to find the “good” kind of love after a rocky childhood. In Baffled by Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma Inflicted by Loved Ones, she includes strands from her own story, along with those of her clients, creating a narrative of shared humanity.

Kahn’s new book, Baffled by Love, recognizes childhood abuse as a traumatic experience of love, a concept that is at once ordinary and radical.

Who suffers from childhood trauma?

What are adults like who are suffering from a traumatic childhood?

Adults who are suffering from the lasting effects of childhood abuse often select partners who repeat their abuse pattern. Adult survivors tend to select their partners from a faulty map, and they have a fractured view of their current relationships.

What is it that Baffled by Love offers to survivors of childhood trauma?

Baffled by Love is a collection of stories about adults who are healing. It is a journey inside the therapeutic relationship, where we meet abuse survivors who are learning to recognize what a safe experience of love looks, sounds, and feels like. The book offers new models of love, with different requirements than what abuse survivors would find familiar.

Baffled by Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma Inflicted by Loved Ones
is published by She Writes Press and available through Amazon beginning June 6, 2017.

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