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Eleven-year-old Erin Merryn's life was transformed on the night she was sexually abused by her cousin, someone she loved and trusted. As the abuse continued, and as she was forced to see her abuser over and over again in social situations, she struggled with self-doubt, panic attacks, nightmares and the weight of whether or not to tell her terrible secret. It wasn't until a traumatic series of events showed her the cost of silence that she chose to speak out-in the process destroying both her family and the last of her innocence.

Through her personal diary, written during the years of her abuse, Erin Merryn shares her journey through pain and confusion to inner strength and, ultimately, forgiveness. Raw, powerful and unflinchingly honest, Stolen Innocence is the inspiring story of one girl's struggle to become a woman, and a bright light on the pain and devastation of abuse.

Stolen Innocence is written with conviction and clarity. [Erin Merryn] doesn't hold back, and I respect her honesty and openness...By the end of the book, I thought I was reading passages from a much older adult than a high school senior. Erin has grown into a strong, wise, intelligent, perceptive, spiritual, caring adult."

--Susan Reedquist, The Children's Advocacy Center

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Eleven-year-old Erin Myrren's life was transformed on the night she was sexually abused by her cousin, someone she loved and trusted. As the abuse continued, and as she was forced to see her abuser over and over again in social situations, she struggled with self-doubt, panic attacks, nightmares and the weight of whether or not to tell her terrible secret. It wasn't until a traumatic series of events showed her the cost of silence that she chose to speak out-in the process destroying both her family and the last of her innocence.

Through her personal diary, written during the years of her abuse, Erin Myrren shares her journey through pain and confusion to inner strength and, ultimately, forgiveness. Raw, powerful and unflinchingly honest, Stolen Innocence is the inspiring story of one girl's struggle to become a woman, and a bright light on the pain and devastation of abuse.

Stolen Innocence is written with conviction and clarity. Erin Myrren] doesn't hold back, and I respect her honesty and openness...By the end of the book, I thought I was reading passages from a much older adult than a high school senior. Erin has grown into a strong, wise, intelligent, perceptive, spiritual, caring adult.

--Susan Reedquist, The Children's Advocacy Center

About the Author

Erin Merryn is a student at Western Illinois University, where she is pursuing a degree in social work. A leading participant in Take Back the Night, her goal is to raise awareness of abuse in order to end the stigma and silence. Her writing has appeared in the Daily Herald and Teen Voices, among others.

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sweet_sour_suga, August 11, 2006 (view all comments by sweet_sour_suga)
I really admire of how at such a young age you wear able to take in all that hurt from somebody you truelly loved but you still didn't believe that it was the right thing to tell your family members - even though you did speak out at the end - i never knew that someones life can be taken away like that but i know that if ever faced with a situation like that i'll know how to face it.i'll take up the courage that i've read from you and many other authors who tell of the traumatic times of their lifes and act agaisnt the abuser.
many luck for the future in knowing that you've over come the evil.it is stories like yours that have inspired to work with children who are abused, who's childhoods are taken away from them and their lifves hearts are left with pain+minds woth confusing to help them see that they can overcome that pain+become better people in the world+accomplish many great things in life just like you did.
God Bless You.
x x x Sarah x x x
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ISBN:
9780757302824
Author:
Merryn, Erin
Publisher:
Health Communications
Location:
Deerfield Beach
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Abuse - Sexual
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Child sexual abuse
Subject:
Sexually abused children
Subject:
Biography-Women
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Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.85 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Eleven-year-old Erin Myrren's life was transformed on the night she was sexually abused by her cousin, someone she loved and trusted. As the abuse continued, and as she was forced to see her abuser over and over again in social situations, she struggled with self-doubt, panic attacks, nightmares and the weight of whether or not to tell her terrible secret. It wasn't until a traumatic series of events showed her the cost of silence that she chose to speak out-in the process destroying both her family and the last of her innocence.

Through her personal diary, written during the years of her abuse, Erin Myrren shares her journey through pain and confusion to inner strength and, ultimately, forgiveness. Raw, powerful and unflinchingly honest, Stolen Innocence is the inspiring story of one girl's struggle to become a woman, and a bright light on the pain and devastation of abuse.

Stolen Innocence is written with conviction and clarity. Erin Myrren] doesn't hold back, and I respect her honesty and openness...By the end of the book, I thought I was reading passages from a much older adult than a high school senior. Erin has grown into a strong, wise, intelligent, perceptive, spiritual, caring adult.

--Susan Reedquist, The Children's Advocacy Center

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