The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported, but its effects are undeniably long-term and severe. In this powerful book, twelve survivors share their stories and the steps they took in their journey towards healing by breaking the silence. Their accounts expose the harsh realities of child sexual abuse and explain the pain it causes, while offering hope and encouragement to everyone who has been sexually abused as a child - and those who care about them.
Compassionate and sensitively written, Survivors is a useful and inspiring tool for those who have been assaulted. It also equips family, friends and caregivers to help survivors move forward with courage and confidence.
Eirliani Abdul Rahman is Executive Director of a not-for-profit YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin in Need) which seeks to help child victims and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. She is also Director at the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation founded by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In September 2015, the #FullStop to #childsexualabuse campaign that Eirliani led on behalf of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi reached 16 million people over six weeks. Eirliani edited Satyarthi's book Will for Children, a collection of essays on child labour, published in December 2016. She also sits on Twitter's Trust & Safety Council. Eirliani writes for the Huffington Post and the India Today Group's DailyO on the issues of child abuse and child online safety. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Warwick University, Eirliani was in the Singapore Foreign Service from 2005 to 2015, serving in Berlin as First Secretary (Political), and then in Delhi as Political Counsellor. An avid rock climber and mountaineer, she now lives in Colorado, the US. Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and is a full-time father to five wonderful children. He is also a child psychiatrist at the Institute of Mental Health's Child Guidance Clinic and Chairman of the Medical Board of Singapore's Institute of Mental Health. He graduated from the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Medicine in 1990 and obtained a Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry in 1996 and was awarded the Singapore Psychiatric Association Book prize. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin Medical School, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University. He is currently the Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions and the Immediate Past President of the Asian Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. Dr Fung has been involved with working with children who have been abused since the start of his career and is active with the Singapore Children's Society where he received their Platinum Service Award in 2017. As a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for various studies involving innovative clinical interventions on disruptive behaviour disorders and anxiety disorders, his research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other funding agencies. Dr Fung has been involved in over 10 national level funded research grants. He has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed research papers (88), books (30) and book chapters (18). Dr Fung is also the programme director of REACH (Response, Early interventions and Assessment in Community Mental Health), a community-based mental health programme in Singapore.