Fighting Back: What an Olympic Champion's Story Can Teach Us about Recognizing and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse--and Helping Kids Recover
More than 75% of sexually victimized children know and trust their abuser--and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison was once among them. Kayla, now an impassioned advocate for children and teens, was abused by her judo coach from ages 12 to 16. Combining Kayla's powerful... read full description below.
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||Child sexual abuse, Abused children - Services for, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs, PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent, MEDICAL / Psychiatry / Child & Adolescent
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More than 75% of sexually victimized children know and trust their abuser--and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison was once among them. Kayla, now an impassioned advocate for children and teens, was abused by her judo coach from ages 12 to 16. Combining Kayla's powerful story with science-based information from two renowned therapists, this unique book provides critical guidance for parents and professionals. Learn how to spot the signs that a child or teen is being groomed, why kids stay silent about their trauma, how they struggle with self-blame and the brutal betrayal of a trusted authority figure, what steps caregivers should take when abuse is discovered, and exactly what kind of help victims need to recover. Kayla Harrison is a true fighter--share her inspiring journey.
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||A comprehensive resource for anyone faced with the devastating impact of childhood sexual abuse, including survivors, their families, and professionals. Kayla Harrison's lived experience is interwoven with information and advice from two treatment experts in this compelling book. --Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP, Research Director, Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, University of Washington With the same strength and determination that she surely needed to win an Olympic gold medal, Kayla courageously takes us through her personal story of survival. To effectively fight this problem and help the victims, we have to be able to understand their perspective and the tremendous challenges they face--Kayla, with candor, courage, and clarity, gives us that perspective. Drs. Kaplan and Aguirre add their own expertise from decades of treating victims. As a former prosecutor, I feel this book provides insight that would be of tremendous benefit to anyone whose role it is to fight or to prevent the victimization of children. --Elliot Felig, JD, MBA, former prosecutor, Manhattan District Attorney's Office
||Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)
Kayla Harrison began training in judo at age 6 and is the first American ever to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport, which she did in both 2012 and 2016. Yet her competitive success masked an unimaginable personal struggle. At the age of 16, she revealed that she had been sexually abused by her coach for years. Today, Kayla uses her gold medal profile, voice, and example, as well as her Fearless Foundation, to encourage and empower other survivors of child sexual abuse. Now retired from competing in judo, Kayla is moving into mixed martial arts with the Professional Fighters League. She lives and trains in Boston. Cynthia S. Kaplan, PhD, is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Director of Trauma Training and Consultation in the Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. She has worked with numerous survivors of child sexual abuse and is coauthor of Helping Your Troubled Teen. Blaise Aguirre, MD, is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Medical Director of the 3East Dialectical Behavior Therapy program at McLean Hospital. He treats many adolescents who have been sexually abused and is author of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: What To Do When Your Teen Has BPD.