December 26th, 2007

reading, activism, writing

Book # 52: Flashbacks of Abuse, by Mark Douglass

Before he knew what was happening the bullets were flying. Mark Douglass and his daughter were on their way to visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam when they got in between a kidnapper and his prey. The violence passed and they weren’t physically harmed, but the trauma triggered PSTD (post traumatic stress disorder) and all of feelings that the author had been holding in over being sexually abuse flooded back and threatened to drown him.

The book is a compelling look at the anatomy of predatory sexual abuse. Douglass gives details about how a family friend, an older man who befriended him, his brothers and his parents, molested him for years and the consequences of that betrayal.

Nobody talks much about the countless victims of childhood sexual abuse, especially what happens to boys. More children are molested by people they or their parents know than strangers who grab children off the streets. But it can be much harder to expose because of the web of relationships involved.

Douglass has a harrowing tale to tell and his courage to tell it is the core and heart of this remarkable book.