Diamond in the Dark: Leaving the Shadow of Abuse ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Phyllis Hain

Diamond in the Dark: Leaving the Shadow of Abuse

Bancroft Press
Publication date: November 2013
ISBN: 9781610881029
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

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Phyllis Hain was born in Alabama, the pretty blonde daughter of a Marine sent home from World War II with acute brain trauma. Growing up poor on the Gulf Coast of Florida, she suffered abuse from a father who today would be treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. Pregnant at sixteen, Phyllis escaped her childhood home, only to marry a man at whose hands she experienced years of devastating domestic violence and spousal abuse. After a tumultuous divorce, Phyllis found herself rescued by a businessman she believed to be generous and loving. But the marriage fell apart in a series of courtroom dramas and front-page headlines as her husband was charged with, tried for, and convicted of conspiring to murder his previous wife. But Phyllis regrouped, putting all her lifetime experiences to work as a U.S. Navy Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)-a Family Advocacy Educator. During twenty-one years of service, she responded to hundreds, if not thousands, of victims in crisis. She taught well over 20,000 students. She helped educate first responders on how properly to document incidents and how to provide sensitive, effective treatment and support to victims of sexual assault. She studied domestic violence, child abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, victim intervention, and the correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence. She became a national advocate for the abused. Inspired by interviewing, and responding to, many courageous victims and survivors of abuse, she decided to undergo what turned out to be a multi-year ordeal: writing an autobiography about her own tumultuous life as the victim of child abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and spousal abuse. Phyllis's captivating autobiography serves as a superb guide to dealing with abuse, because readers can see themselves in her story. The book ends with a professional analysis by Dr. Bryan Glazier, providing considerable insights ripe for discussion in support groups for abuse, spousal or otherwise. Praised by generals, family advocates, military service providers, doctors, lawyers, child abuse authorities, psychologists, and everyday people, this fascinating journey of an abuse survivor turned national advocate will give some the strength to heal, and others the courage to speak up. Diamond in the Dark will not only steal readers' hearts, but also leave an indelible, searing mark on their minds.
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