A little over five years ago, I was hired for a new role: spouse to a childhood abuse survivor.
I didn’t apply for this position. I didn’t know it existed. But there I was–confused, scared, and alone. Sometimes, I still feel that way.
Along the way, I learned a few things that have helped me survive and thrive as a partner to a childhood abuse survivor. This short ebook is an introduction to the six strategies that, honestly, saved me, and saved my relationship with my spouse.
Although this book is for those in an intimate relationship with a childhood abuse survivor, there’s information for any supporter. After all, statistics say that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys experience sexual abuse in childhood. Most of us have contact with survivors every day.
If you’d like to learn more, sign up below, and I’ll send you a free download of the book. If you know of someone who could use encouragement, education, and support, especially if he or she is a partner, spouse, or close friend to a survivor, please share this post with them.
I hope you’ll join me. I’m excited to share what I have learned!
There is no manual to read on how to survive this kind of stuff. Often, there is no one to talk to. In our case, family was out of the question. I could not find a local support group. Therapists who said they could treat childhood trauma and dissociation made things worse. Friends struggled to understand and to know what to say. Our faith community was ill-equipped to support someone with this type of issue–although statistics tell us that survivors are everywhere. Our children suffered due to the constant upheaval.
Our life was upended.
One definition of survival is this:
To remain alive after going through.
For the last five years, that statement sums it up!
Yet, the subtitle of this little book is:
6 simple strategies to survive and thrive while living with your partner’s traumatic past.
As a partner, is it possible to thrive? How?
I believe you can, and this little book provides six strategies to help partners get there.
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