Childhood Incest (03:54)
Janice Mirikitani shares the story of her childhood sexual abuse from age 5 to 16. She was abused by male members of her family.
Miss America: Realization of Abuse (02:41)
Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur was abused by her father for 13 years. She didn't find her voice to speak about her abuse until age 53.
Incest as a Secret (02:23)
An incest survivor shares the story of her father's sexual abuse when she was a child. She was terrified someone would find out her "secret."
Incest: Negative Self-Image (02:19)
As a teen, Marilyn Van Derbur despised herself because she believed she was "dirty, and bad and ugly, unacceptable, and guilty." Her boyfriend was loving and understanding.
Recovery Center for Incest Survivors (04:30)
Reverend Cecil Williams of the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church and his wife Janice Mirikitani's recovery center helps women with addiction and abuse recovery.
Generational Incest (02:08)
An incest survivor relives the nightmare of her father's abuse of her own daughters, and her brother's abuse of her son.
Miss America: Incest Survivor (03:02)
Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur "shut down" at age 45 for six years, suffering from mental and physical symptoms. Therapy proved to be the awakening that an incest survivor needed to begin her healing.
Incest Survivor's Mission (04:20)
Incest survivor Janice Mirikitani's mission is to help abused women find their voices of protest and triumph.
Process of Healing (03:39)
When a woman recovers her power, her former abusers seem to "hate" her for it. Janice Mirikitani reads poetry that gives voice to her healing processes.
No Instant Cure (03:47)
There is no instant cure for incest survivors. The healing process might cover decades of a survivor's life. Well-meaning friends often do not understand that incest survivors cannot "just get over it."
Family of Abuse (02:02)
A mother reports that each one of her children was abused, and all have undergone therapy. Some of the children withdrew from her. The mother believes she is slowly healing from the separations.
Support Group for Abused Women (02:54)
Women who were abused as children and teens share their feelings about how the abuse has affected them in their adulthood.
Issues of Intimacy and Trust (02:04)
Childhood incest creates can destroy a woman's ability to trust, to experience intimacy, and to overcome shame.
Incest Survivors (04:35)
Former Miss America Marilyn van Derbur's mission is to protect children. She inspires women to stand without shame. Van Derbur recalls the damage done by her father's sexual abuse.
Healing Lost Childhood (01:59)
An incest survivor finds her lost childhood when playing with her granddaughter. "Healing from incest is like cleaning a dirty river," notes one incest survivor.
Women's Voices (03:22)
Community activist Janice Mirikitani, founding president of the Glide Foundation, uses her experiences to urge other women to come forward, face their pasts, and begin the healing process.
Credits: The Healing Years: Surviving Incest and Child Sexual Abuse (01:35)
Credits: The Healing Years: Surviving Incest and Child Sexual Abuse
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