For the first 21 years of her life, the author suffered from child abuse and neglect in her own home. Her young parents include an emotionally distant and depressed mother and a Navy dad who showed no healthy boundaries with his children, whether touching them inappropriately or whipping them with a belt. The only place the author felt truly safe was at school. “I was their captive for 7,665 days before I left home on my wedding day,” she writes in the introduction of this memoir of survival. “It was not until I was 55-years-old that I finally stopped seeing the world through the eyes of a traumatized child.”
Conquering Incest, published by Dog Ear Publishing, describes the author’s humiliation and confusion when her father fondles and rapes her, as well as her happiness at falling in love and escaping her abnormal home life. But her husband quickly becomes controlling and depressed, and eventually their marriage fails. Despite the horrific details, the author’s story is one of hope. She begins to regain her life when she starts seeing a psychologist, although it will take 23 years of therapy and five hospitalizations – including integrating multiple personalities – before she can gain the happiness she deserves. “Anyone interested in understanding the impact of severe sexual abuse, and the difficult path to recovery, will benefit from reading Ms. Champé’s book,” writes Catherine Busch, a child psychologist in Columbia, MD.
Author Diane Champé began working in the mail room of a Fortune 20 company and eventually became a strategic planner on the Regional Vice President’s staff. She has dedicated the rest of her life to speaking out about child abuse and neglect and to helping other adult survivors of abuse. She worked on a national trauma campaign for SAMHSA, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her site, www.wearesurvivors.org, highlights issues affecting adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. More information about her book can be found at www.conqueringincest.com.
Conquering Incest: My Life as a Trauma Survivor
E. Diane Champé
ISBN: 978-145750-117-3 300 pages $24.95 US
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