CHILD MOLESTER'S VICTIM?
Are you a male victim of sexual abuse? Were you molested as a child?
Did the child molester who assaulted you ever get caught?
How long have you been silent about your abuse?
Do you know if the man you love was abused?
Do you think you could protect your son from a pedophile?
Could you recognize a child molester or sex offender if you met one?
HARSH FACTS ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE
One in six boys is sexually assaulted before the age of 18
As startling as this statistic is, it’s likely incorrect. It is well known that sexual abuse of females is significantly underreported. For males, sexual abuse is highly underreported. Males are far less likely to report sexual abuse than females are. And these boys and men pay a high price for their silence.
Flashbacks of Abuse is such a story, written by a survivor of childhood sexual abuse committed against him by a “close, family friend.”
The author, attorney, and speaker, Mark Douglass, was the first male survivor of childhood sexual abuse in our nation to successfully sue for his injuries. In 1988, a civil jury awarded Mark a verdict of over $1,000,000 against the close family friend who molested him. Amazingly, this friend was a regular visitor to Douglass' childhood home, and was the family's special guest each Christmas Eve. Nobody, not even the author’s parents, suspected what was happening.
Mark tells his story with honesty, in a straight-from-the-hip style that all readers will appreciate. His book, FLASHBACKS OF ABUSE: How a Machine Gun Toting Sociopath Freed Me from the Chains of My Childhood, is meant for anyone trying to understand and come-to-terms with their own childhood abuse, or other significant life incident. Friends and family of a survivor will also find immense value in reading Mark’s story as it shines a bright light on the far too often hush-hush topic of male sexual abuse.
Don’t Ignore These Uncomfortable Facts:
In one study of 30 male victims of sexual abuse, the average age at the first time of abuse was 8 years, 4 months. (Dorais, M. (2002). Don't tell: The sexual abuse of boys. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.)
Estimates suggest that males account for 25% to 35% of all child sexual abuse victims. (ma, (1994). Current Information on the Scope and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse.)
Nearly 70 percent of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children ages 17 and under. (Snyder, H N. (2000). Sexual assault of young children as reported to law enforcement: Victim, incident, and offender characteristics. National Center for Juvenile Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.)
Nearly 70 percent of child sex offenders have between 1 and 9 victims; at least 20% have 10 to 40 victims. (Elliott, M., Browne, K., & Kilcoyne, J. (1995). Child Abuse & Neglect.)
30-40 percent of victims are abused by a family member. Another 50 percent are abused by someone outside the family whom they know and trust. (Abel, G. & Harlow, N. (2001). Stop Child Molestation.)
Mark Douglass tells us of his experiences of surviving childhood sexual abuse in a poignant and truthful manner in his book:
Order Flashbacks of Abuse today to begin the healing and growing process for yourself – or to help a survivor you love begin theirs. You don’t need to “merely function” any longer. Mark’s story will benefit anyone struggling with the after-effects of abuse such as isolation, feelings of failure and worthlessness, depression, suicidal thoughts and post traumatic stress syndrome. His story will also help the family and friends of someone who is suffering from these troubles.
In fact, it’s essentially important that friends and family who are aware of the abuse gather all the information they can, so they are better prepared to help the victim.
Consider These Truths:
The manner in which a survivor’s family responds to abuse plays a critical role in how the incident will affect his recovery.
Survivors are more likely to experience varying degrees of physical health problems, such as headaches, anxiety, heart disease, and other stress-related symptoms.
Childhood abuse survivors report more depression, more sadness, and more symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than non-victims.
Adults who suffered molestation as a child are more likely to experience severe depression.
If you were a victim of childhood sexual abuse, and you don’t know where to turn, or even how you’re “supposed” to feel as you sort through the after effects, you’ll find many of your questions answered in the book FLASHBOOKS OF ABUSE: How a Machine Gun Toting Sociopath Freed Me from the Chains of My Childhood.
This book also tackles the tough question of “Who would hurt a child?” Mark is open, factual, and 100 percent straight on all of his encounters with his abuser, the close family friend named Steve. He outlines what methods Steve incorporated to gain his trust, and how he widened the gap of misunderstanding, miscommunication, and estrangement between Mark and those he might have confided in.
Buy FLASHBACKS OF ABUSE: How a Machine Gun Toting Sociopath Freed Me from the Chains of My Childhood today and get the information you and your loved ones need to break free of the chains of sexual abuse.