101 Tips For Survivors of Sexual Abuse: A Pocket Book of Wisdom

101t1_400If you’re a survivor, it’s important to take one day at a time. Let 101 Tips for Survivors of Sexual Abuse be your companion in healing and you’ll be reminded of the strength and wisdom that’s already inside you. This book will help you celebrate the good days and develop solid coping strategies for the bad times. Most importantly, this book will remind that you’re not alone and it was never your fault.

Acclaim for 101 Tips For Survivors of Sexual Abuse: A Pocket Book of Wisdom

“You can never have too much support as a survivor. Amy’s little pocket book is great to carry around to remind yourself that you can all thrive after sexual abuse.”
–Dr. Patti Feuereisen psychologist and author of Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse

“101 Tips for Survivors of Sexual Abuse has excellent ideas and thoughts to build up your self-esteem and give you courage for your journey.”
–Marjorie McKinnon, founder, The Lamplighters and author of Repair Your Life: A Program for Recovery from Incest & Childhood Sexual Abuse

“101 Tips for Survivors of Sexual Abuse used as an adjunct to recovering from sexual abuse at any age can help guide the survivor toward releasing emotions and breaking the internal silence of trauma.”
–Barbara Sinor, Ph.D., author of Gifts From the Child Within and An Inspirational Guide for the Recovering Soul

“I have just read 101 Tips. Every one of them fits my 30 years of experience in this field.”
–Fr. Heyward B. Ewart, III, Ph.D., Sacred Heart Counseling Center, Author of Am I Bad? Recovering From Abuse

About the author

Amy Barth’s background is in social work and she founded the Safe Girls Strong Girls in 2005. SGSG is a nonprofit committed to breaking the silence of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) and giving girls their voices back. One SGSG project is Camp CADI, a one-of-a kind camp where girls can heal and just be girls again. Amy is the author of several books including Annabelle’s Secret. For more information about the author, please visit www.AmyJBarth.com

From Loving Healing Press, www.LovingHealing.com

Self-Help : Abuse – Sexual

Camp CADI 2009

Safe Girls Strong Girls is committed to breaking the silence of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) and giving girls their voices back

Imagine a place where survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) can reclaim the joy of childhood. Imagine a place where they can find confidence through the power of choice, healing through the power of art and hope through the power of community. Imagine CAMP CADI. See Camp Cadi Slideshow from our 2008 trip

Created by Safe Girls Strong Girls founder Amy Barth, CAMP CADI (Irish for “simple happiness”) is the first of its kind, offering CSA survivors ages 10-18 a unique opportunity to enjoy the fun-filled, memorable moments that only a true camp experience can provide. For one week, in the playful, exciting and safe environment of Camp Twin Lakes, girls get to be girls again!

Traditional camp activities – swimming, canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, campfires, sleeping under the stars – join a creative mix of art therapy and experiential learning programs for a rollicking retreat. Campers will gain confidence-boosting skills during interactive experiential learning workshops, while rediscovering their own voice through music, drama, storytelling, journaling and other arts related activities.

Throughout the week, girls will see that they’re not alone, the abuse wasn’t their fault and that community can be a great healer as they build trusting relationships with their peers and counselors. Full camperships are available to girls who have been recommended for the program. Each child is first screened by a community or private psychologist to determine suitability and then meets with a Safe Girls Strong Girls representative to make plans for attending.

 Camp CADI Values

1.We celebrate the girls and young women who attend Camp CADI
2. We expect them to be their personal best
3.We value that they are each unique individuals with different strengths and weaknesses
4.We recognize that they are each at different stages or their healing process
5. We assure them it was Not Their Fault
6.We assure them that childhood sexual abuse does not define who they are and refer to them as girls who have been sexually abused rather then sexually abused girls
7.We provide a safe place for them to tell their stories and explore their feelings
8.We provide a connection with other young survivors/thrivers
9. We lift the shame and the guilt
10. We allow them to be children
11. We help them identify destructive coping mechanisms and teach them healthy coping mechanisms
12. We model appropriate affection
13.We model healthy habits
14.We provide consistency and stability
15.We teach them they always have the right to say “No” if something makes them feel uncomfortable
16. We provide community
17. We give them choices
18. We respect their choices
19. We listen and we are supportive
20. We are committed to providing the most innovative, creative and experiential therapies available to assist them in their healing