Fighting Back

What an Olympic Champion's Story Can Teach Us about Recognizing and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse—and Helping Kids Recover

Kayla Harrison, Cynthia S. Kaplan, and Blaise Aguirre

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“This book provides a unique perspective on coping with trauma and helping victims of child sexual abuse (CSA)….This book has value for educators, therapists, health care staff, those who work closely with children, and parents. This book would also be beneficial to those who are experienced in helping victims of CSA, as they can learn more information about how the victim views and then copes with trauma. This book would also be good for victims—to help them cope with their experience and recognize that other victims have been in the same situation and gone on to thrive.”

Journal of Child and Family Studies

“A gift of inestimable value for parents and others concerned about the scourge of childhood sexual abuse. If only this book had been available when my children were young, I might have recognized the causes of my daughter’s suffering—and been able to stop the abuse. It reveals the warning signs of a child or teen being lured or abused, how to talk to children about their safety in a nonjudgmental way, and how to get help. Kayla courageously shares how a survivor thinks about her experience and can heal from it.”

—Muriel T., Toronto, Canada

“A much-needed look into a very complex topic that desperately needs to be addressed. As someone who personally experienced abuse, I know the isolation and shame it can bring. Reading Kayla’s personal account, I had the feeling of being understood. My symptoms were a normal response to an abnormal situation. Although recovery is a long process, Kayla shows us that it is indeed possible. This book has the power to restore hope and save lives.”

—Cassandra P., Plymouth, Massachusetts

“One of those rare books that will both capture your heart and feed your mind. The story of Kayla's personal struggle is painful and emotionally powerful. The timing of this book is perfect—our society needs to see these issues with the clarity and courage of Kayla Harrison and address them with the wisdom of Drs. Aguirre and Kaplan.”

—Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow, The ChildTrauma Academy

Fighting Back is packed with powerful lessons for parents and survivors, as well as professionals who work with children. As a father, I was deeply moved by Kayla's experiences; her eloquent journal entries tore at my heart. As a school psychologist, I appreciated the knowledge and guidance of Drs. Kaplan and Aguirre, who explain the essentials of education and evidence-based treatment. Kayla’s story is ultimately one of hope—it shows how survivors can emerge with dignity and resilience.”

—Richard Lieberman, MA, NCSP, Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, Loyola Marymount University

“A comprehensive resource for anyone faced with the devastating impact of childhood sexual abuse, including survivors, their families, and professionals. Kayla Harrison’s lived experience is interwoven with information and advice from two treatment experts in this compelling book.”

—Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP, VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington