Published ourconsumerplace.com.au in October

One of the gems that we discovered at TheMHS was Dr Cathy Kezelman, someone who wears “two hats” – she’s both medically trained and a consumer. She’s written a book about her experiences of childhood abuse – called ”

Innocence Revisited: a tale in parts“, which Merinda describes as “un-put-down-able.” Cathy is a passionate advocate for survivors of childhood abuse, and has a website devoted to her work: http://cathykezelman.com. Her book was released earlier this year, and attracted significant media attention (there are links on her website). We’re hoping Cathy will contribute to this newsletter in the foreseeable future.

Professional testimonial

Dr Cathy Kezelman has written a book called “Innocence revisited: A tale in parts”, in which she recalls her experiences of child sexual abuse. This is a poignant tale of repressed memory, of dissociated personality and mostly of resilience and hope.

This book can be recommended for psychology students to have an insight into the devastating effects of child sexual abuse for adult survivors and the consequences of this abuse later in life. For all psychologists who are committed to child protection, this is an important book that can inform, educate and be a source of insightful understanding.

I recommend that this book appear on the reading lists of all psychology students who will practice in the field of psychology. It allows readers to gain insight and real understanding of the effects of abuse on adult survivors and on children.

Danuta Chessor PhD, MAPS

University of Western Sydney