‘Life is like a river and you may find yourself stuck in a whirlpool and surrounded by murky water. At first, truth may trickle past you, but as you align to truth you find yourself in an expanding stream that refreshes your soul.’
The illustration was designed to respectfully acknowledge the struggle survivors of abuse have with their history and sense of self. Survivors can feel trapped in a vortex of pain, haunted by the memory of their abuser, battling their sense of loss and betrayal.
When opposing currents collide, whirlpools are created; such as the innocence and trust of a child with their abuser. This leaves the child in a fog of confusion, and oppressed by emotional turbulence, which creates a downdraft of fear, despair and beliefs of being unworthy. Belief of being unworthy generate shame, which is the sentiment that there is something wrong with who they are. Their self-definition becomes infused with shame, which develops into chains of oppression. Shame and silence fuel the whirlpool of despair, which is easy to succumb to, and difficult to get out of.
‘The chains of silence cannot be broken until they are recognised.’
When survivors understand their truth, debunk negative self-beliefs, and gravitate towards nurturing their soul, they dissipate their emotional whirlpools. Courage is required to reach for freedom, because confronting the oppression of their sense of dignity, value, worth and significance is a complex and a difficult process. The chains of oppression hold the survivor in the struggle. However, as they recognise and value the truth of who they are, the chains break and their struggle becomes a triumphant story of survival.
Each section of Breaking Free From the Chains of Silence starts with an illustration symbolically depicting the process of breaking free from the chains of oppression and silence, to inspire and nurture the soul of the reader. Each individual survivor is worth the time it takes to read this book to gain an awareness of the dynamics of paedophilic abuse, an understanding of how they have been victimised and how they can detach and free themselves from the impact of the abuse. Their families and supporters will also experience a cathartic benefit from the information is this book as it helps them face the true ramifications of paedophilic abuse.
Breaking Free From the Chains of Silence
A respectful exploration into the ramifications of paedophilic abuse.
This book is dedicated to the souls who have been wounded by the indifference of another.