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Posted 19 July 2004 - 08:45 AM

The Story of Jane Doe - A Book About Rape

The Book is written by Jane Doe and published by Vintage Canada, a division of Random House Canada.  It can be ordered online - it's not distributed outside of Canada, and that is very unfortunate because although it's Canadian, the story and information in the book are really applicable everywhere.  The woman who wrote the book was raped by a serial rapist in Toronto in 1986, and after learning that there was a whole lot wrong with the police investigation she sued the Toronto Police Force for negligence and gender discrimination.  It took a long time, and she won.  The book is very informative and I learned so much from it about rape and rape mythology.  Besides being eye-opening, it's inspiring, an amazing story and a great read.  Personally, reading this book so soon after I was raped helped me to understand what was going on in my life and in my head in a big way.  I haven't been able to put it down.  

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#62 JoviBlaze

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Posted 24 July 2004 - 06:29 PM

Surviving Child Sexual Abuse Workbook there's a book and a workbook. I've only read the workbook and it has helped soooo much. I recomended it for any survivor of CSA. It is very very triggering tho. I can not remember for the life of me who it's by.

The Sacred Circle Of the Hula Hoop by Kathy Kennedy Tapp. It's a work of fiction and deals with a teenage girl who's sister is r@ped. It's a really good book for secondary survivors. It's young adult so it's an easy read.

#63 troy

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Posted 25 July 2004 - 10:32 AM

Victim's No Longer, by Mike Lee, is a great resource for male survivors.


#64 Rebecca

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Posted 27 July 2004 - 04:33 PM

im not sure who wrote it, i cant remember and i dont have the book right at hand cus im on vacation, but the books called Recovering from Rape.  its really informative, i found it a very good tool for healing and finding information.  i have also read the book, I can't get over it.  which is about PTSD, and offers alot of advice and helpful stratagys for healing.

#65 tini

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 02:19 AM

Ok, these two books have been mentioned but they've only been mentioned twice and they were so enormously healing for me that I think they need to be on here again and again and again and again.

"Lucky" by Alice Sebold.  God this woman is my heroine.  I mean she just wrote the most incredible, witty, emotionally moving account of her rape, her trial, her recovery.  She brought out truths that struck home from her exceptionally violent stranger rape to my passive agressive "I'll get you while you're sleeping" partner rape.  I read this book on an airplane a month after I was raped and was a sobbing hysterical mess, most of the ride.  However, they were healing tears and I needed them.

"The Lovely Bones" Alice Sebold.  My parents sent me this book a week or two after I had been raped and they didn't know yet.  It was triggering and emotional but isnpiring and incredibly well written.  I loved it.

I ordered both books from Amazon yesterday after reading excerpts, and I'm really looking forwrd to reading them! :)

I found poetry quite helpful in my healing process. I love completely getting lost in the language. My favorite poets are Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost.

#66 marie

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Posted 11 October 2004 - 10:31 AM

Allies in Healing is an excellent resource for partners of survivors.

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Posted 29 October 2004 - 05:35 AM

Oh my.

Sabine Dardenne, victim of Belgian paedophile Marc Dutroux, has written a book - called "J’avais 12 ans, j’ai pris mon vélo et je suis partie à l’école…" in French, "Ihm in die Augen sehen" in German, and "I was 12, I took my bike and I went to school..." in English.

It's only been published yesterday, so I haven't read it yet, but I can't wait. Gosh, I admire this woman so much. And for all those of you who might think "Oh no, not another memoir, here's a short text from the publishing house that will hopefull change your mind:

« I need to write this book for three reasons : so that people stop giving me strange looks and treating me like a curiosity; so that no one asks me any more questions ever again ; and so that the judicial system never again frees a paedophile for « good behaviour ». »
This book, dignified and restrained, was written so that the victim’s voice can at last be heard. For too long the attention of the media was monopolized by her torturer, while his victim was ignored. Her testimony, free of any fascination with evil or perversity, show how utterly the lives of the victims of paedophiles are devastated, their futures destroyed – even if some, like Sabine, manage to survive and get on with their lives. It is our duty to listen.

I'll post a review as soon as possible, but I'm sure it's great.

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Posted 29 October 2004 - 08:44 PM

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is an excalent healing book in my opinion. its about a girl whos father abuses her and mother died when she young. it goes through her story and how she got out and began to heal and succed. its a easy read that keeps you going.


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Posted 21 November 2004 - 10:26 PM

How to find books on healing- reviews, lists of healing books and how to order them.

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Posted 23 October 2005 - 09:54 AM

I agree with those who've posted up Lucky and The lovely bones, both by Alice Sebold. Definitely worth mentioning again, Lucky was truly inspiring

I have just this minute finished reading The little prisoner - Jane Elliott. I read it in 1 day. Hugely triggering, similar to the Dave Pelzer books which i've also read, but showed that with strength and courage, even the very worst and unimaginable of abuse can be overcome.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 09:53 PM

hi, i'm new to all of this but i do have one recommendation of a book. It's called "little girl lost" and it's by Leisha Joseph and it's an autobiography about a woman who deals with an abusive mother,and drug addiction and when she's finally getting her life back on track she gets raped by a serial rapist. And it talks about her struggles when she gets married, and dealing with the rape and also going through the trial and what she did when he escapes from prison and comes after her. It really helped me out emmensely. I would recommend it to anyone. Wonderful book. :)

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 04:22 AM

Hello Fabulous People,

I am new to Pandora's Aquarium and I wanted to make a suggestion on a really inspiring book, which focuses on regaining your confidence and your light. The book is titled "The Power Is Within You" by Louise Hay. Before I was raped 6 weeks ago I was struggling with low-self esteem and other issues, but reading this book, has helped me considerably and I now know that I will get through this stage of my life with a positive outcome.

I am not sure if anyone out there is into New Age/alternative therapies, but I have been working with Doreen Virtue and Angel therapy for about 2 years and it is amazing. I also like to read Wayne Dwyer and Crystal Andrus' books. If you are curious, these authors all have call in radio shows on different topics. You can listen to the archive shows for free at www.hayhouseradio.com. I find that all these shows are helpful to me, I always learn something new and always come away with something to be grateful for.

Sendin you all lots of love and healing light,


#74 MatthewJ123

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:49 PM

i'll add some more when i think of them, most of the ones i thought of straight up have been mentioned already.

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 03:53 AM

"Just because a woman is silent does not mean she agrees…"

My contribution to the pile is Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. This book helped me more than anything. I stumbled on it right after my own happening, and nothing has ever helped or comforted me more. That's because it's not just self help-- it's storytelling. And there's nothing more comforting in the worst times than a good story.

I think this should serve as enough explanation about the book.

Tears are like a river that take you somewhere. Weeping creates a river around the boat that carries your soul - life. Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it down river to someplace new, someplace better. A womans crying has been considered to be quite dangerous, for it loosens the locks and bolts on the secrets she keeps. But in truth, for the sake of a woman's Wild Soul it is better to cry and cleanse yourself.

For women, tears are the beginning of your initiation into the Scar Clan, that timeless tribe of women of all colors, all nations, all languages, who down through the ages have lived through a great something, and yet who stood proud and still stand proud.

Let go of the shame and self imposed silence...confront your secret fears of those betrayals, forced acts, unrequited love, rejection, broken promises, neglect, and abuse. Bring these things to the surface, feel the feelings, cry the tears, and cleanse yourself of the pain of holding these shameful secrets. A wound will not heal until the matter is given words and witness. The center of your heart may be pierced, no matter how injured, your soul life continues, it can rise above, and sing it's way up and out again. Then move forward, to forgiveness, of yourself and of others. It may not have turned out to be a "Happily Ever After" but most certainly there is now a fresh "Once Upon a Time" waiting for you from this day forward!

The belly laugh....it awakens the body and the emotions. The kind of unrestrained laughter that rises up from the belly bringing a burst of life. In laughter a woman breathes fully, and when she does, she may begin to feel unsanctioned feelings. And what could these feelings be? Well, they turn out not to be feelings so much as relief and remedies for feelings, often causing the release of stopped up tears...hence, I laughed until I cried! Surround yourself during this "Wild Woman" transformation with your most comical sisters, watch funny movies, anything to bring that great, healing, belly laugh.

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