JWU Resources

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Help Share the Story of Denial

The mission of Denial is to raise awareness of that childhood sexual abuse creates an initial wound that is perpetuated and exacerbated by denial, and to invite survivors to step into the light by speaking the truth about what happened to them, as an essential first step to healing. All profits are being donated to organizations that support adult survivors. You can help spread the word!

  1. Help me meet my 100 Book Club Challenge by signing up a book club that you belong to, or inviting a friend to do so. 
  2. If you haven't bought the book, order your signed copy here
  3. Subscribe to the "Living in Denial" blog where you'll hear the voices of victims, counselors, advocates and others.  
  4. Write a review on Amazon.com or Goodreads.com.
  5. Like Denial on social media: Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram

Following are resources for individuals who attended Johnson & Wales University's Sept. 27 evening with author Nanette Kirsch. The goals of the evening's discussion were: 

  1. Equip survivors of childhood sexual abuse with a new level of understanding of the importance of speaking your truth, the good that can come from it and the danger of living in denial.
  2. Help others to recognize that they are a potential lifeline to friends or family members who have been abused. There are 60 million adult survivors and 1 in 10 young people will be abused by age 18. So most of us will be in a position to make a difference, and it’s important to understand the problem so you can become a part of the solution.


Read in-depth coverage of recent sexual abuse scandals:


"Resilience," is an award-winning film about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) can lead to lifelong mental and physical health impacts for survivors. 



Learn to Protect Others

Read Ashley Easter's blog post, "9 Ways to be a Safe Friend to a Sexual Abuse Survivor."

Download "Protecting Your Child Against Sexual Abuse.


Help Yourself

Check out the resource page on this website for a robust list of resources to help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.