Speak Up. Speak Out.
Sexual Abuse Hurts People You Know.
There are an estimated 60 million adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the U.S. and one in 10 young people will be abused by age 18.
These numbers make it very likely that someone you know has been harmed by sexual abuse...even if they've never told you.
Yet the numbers don't begin to tell the story of how abuse can devastate a life. Sexual abuse is uniquely, deeply traumatic. Whether it's a one-time assault lasting only a few minutes or pervasive abuse by a family member over many years; whether it involves inappropriate touching or rape; survivors' life experiences often look remarkably similar: relational challenges, intimacy issues, substance abuse, depression and anxiety, sexual addiction, pornography addiction, and far too often, suicide.
Speaking of Hope
Hope is found in moving sexual abuse from darkness and denial into the light of understanding and support.
There are 60 million good reasons for you to help begin a new conversation in your church, community, organization or book club.
- Conversations about...why time does not heal the wounds created by sexual abuse.
- Conversations about...how sexual abuse is so much more than a physical violation.
- Conversations about...the crucial connections between childhood abuse and common survivor struggles in adulthood.
- Conversations about...our own prejudices and pre-conceived notions about abuse.
- Conversations about...why people who should be in a position to take action to stop sexual abuse so often fail to do so.
- Conversations about...how survivors would like to be supported in their journey to restoration.
Denial is a valuable tool for facilitating these discussions. A compelling story, inspired by true events, Denial shows readers how sexual abuse ripples into victims' adult lives through the harrowing saga of the main character, David Wagner.
Author Nanette Kirsch will share readings from the book, as well as insights she's gained as a survivor and during three years of researching and writing this book. She'll answer questions and equip audiences with resources for continued learning and recovery.
For Christian audiences the author will explore on the spiritual dimensions of childhood sexual abuse and why it often becomes a stumbling block in survivors' relationships with the Lord.