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Joshua Childrens Foundation

Created for purpose of assisting victims of sexual child abuse.
A VERY HIGH percentage of persons with BULIMIA and EATING DISORDERS, Alcoholism,
and addictions have been sexually abused as children. We are here
to assist Both ADULTS and CHILDREN who have
suffered from sexual child abuse. We also provide links to
education and information for prevention of sexual child abuse.

On this website you will find:

  • Healing Information for victims of sexual child abuse.
  • Educational Sources and Information for prevention of sexual child abuse
                    and the signs to look for if sexual child abuse may be occuring to
                    someone you care about

    Victims of sexual child abuse most often develop "coping mechanisms" to survive the memories of the abuse. Among the MANY coping (and not coping so well) mechanisms are the ones listed below:

  • Compulsive Eating Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bulimia
  • Bulimia Nervosa Eating Disorder
  • Binge Eating Disorders
  • Anorexia
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug Addiction
  • Suicide Attempts
  • Gambling

    Below are helpful links to support groups, information, and reading materials to get started in your recovery:


       Overeaters Anonymous
       National Eating Disorder Association
       National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders
       National Eating Disorders - United Kingdom
       Eating Disorders Anonymous
       Suggestions in Finding/Selecting a Therapist for Eating Disorders and healing from trauma of abuse.
       Suggestions in finding a Therapist for Eating Disorders
       Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association
       New Jersey American Anorexia Bulimia Association
       Harvard Eating Disorder Center - Eating Disorder Helpful Resources, Chat Room, and more
       Anorexia Nervosa and related Eating Disorders - Good information on Eating Disorders
       Survivors of Incest Anonymous
       Survivors of Educator sexual child abuse & Misconduct Emerge
       Survivors Network of those children abused by Priests
       Alcoholics Anonymous
       Gamblers Anonymous

    MORE Eating Disorder and Bulimia Healing Resources
    OTHER Healing Resources

    Statistics and Long Term Effects of sexual child abuse
    Recovered Memories

    Women Survivors Personal Websites

    Male Survivors Personal Websites
    10 Facts about sex abuse of Males
    Male Survivor Resources

   - Excellent lists with details on therapists and clinics.
       Therapist Referral Lists  800 931-2237 National Eating Disorders Association

        Trauma often causes Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Dissociation.
        This is very common among sexual child abuse victims. It is also very common
        among war veterans. Here are some websites with articles and information about PTSD:

           Articles on Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome - Sidran Institute

           National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD from Child Abuse,
            family violence, disasters, and veterans of war.

          MORE Post Traumatic Stress Resources

           Chat Room and resources - Healing Journey

           Jim Hopper Ph.D. - Research Fellow in Psychology, Dept of Psychiatry, Behavioral Psychoparmacoogy Research Laboratory. Neuroimaging Center, McLean Hospital & Harvard Medical School. Website has number of pages about child abuse, how prevalent it is, and its potential effects. Site includes several pages about sexual abuse of males. And a page about recovered memories.

        We have furnished links to
        Links are provided so you can purchase online. Books would also be available
        at or can be ordered by your local bookstore from publishers.

       Our LENDING LIBRARY includes these books

    Courage To Heal   by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
    A guide for Women Survivors of sexual child abuse. This book is highly recommended by us and by many counselors who work in area of healing from sexual child abuse. This book can be used as your central 'core' of reading in your healing journey.

    Courage To Heal Workbook   by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
    For Women and Men Survivors of sexual Child Abuse. A Companion Workbook for above book "Courage to Heal" and we highly recommend this workbook with the book.

    Miss America by Day   by Marilyn Van Derbur
    Marilyn Van Derbur, a former Miss America, tells the story of how she was sexually violated by her prominent, millionaire father from age 5 to age 18. She was 53 years old before she was able to speak the words in public, "I am an incest survivor." She opened the door for tens of thousands of sexual abuse survivors to also speak the words, many for the first time, within their own families and communities. Marilyn describes, in detail, what specific "work" she did on her journey from victim to survivor. Marilyn writes for the first time about what her father did to her and what the impact has been on her adult life. Using her story as the scaffolding, she shares knowledge and insights she has gained through speaking personally with adult survivors across the country. Marilyn has been in personal contact with more survivors than anyone in America. She has personally answered over 8,000 letters and spoken in 225 cities. Survivors line up for two to three hours to tell her their stories.

    Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse by Lynn Heitritter & Jeanette Vought
    This book responds to the recognized need to give the Church information about sexual abuse. It is a sensitive, biblical guide for counselors, victims, and their families.

    The Wounded Heart   by Dan B. Allender
    Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood sexual Child Abuse

    The Wounded Heart Workbook   by Dan B. Allender
    A Companion Workbook for above book "The Wounded Heart"

    People of the Lie  by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
    About the essence of human evil. Peck demonstarates the havoc these People of the Lie work in the lives of those around them. He presents, from vivid incidents encountered in his psychiatric practice, examples of evil in everyday life. Because the abuser is often a parent that the victim loves, this book is helpful in understanding the evilness and the havoc.

    Man's Search for Meaning   by Viktor E. Frankl
    This book is among the most influential works of psychiatric literature since Freud. The book begins with a lengthy, austere, and deeply moving personal essay about Frankl's imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps for five years, and his struggle during this time to find reasons to live. The second part of the book, called "Logotherapy in a Nutshell," describes the psychotherapeutic method that Frankl pioneered as a result of his experiences in the concentration camps.

    Shifting the Burden of Truth   by Joseph E. Crnich, J.D., and Kimberly A. Crnich, J.D.
    In the past few years courts and legislatures have finally started changing centuries old laws that kept adult survivors from suing their childhood abusers and recovering money for their injuries. Shifting the Burden of Truth is a handbook and invaluable guide for survivors and for attorneys who represent sexual child abuse victims' rights and and encourage survivors' healing. Explains laws and how they affect you and how to find and hire an attorney to represent you. Includes a list of attorneys experienced in this area of law.

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        Helpful Links, Reading, and Materials

  • Faith Trust Institute

  • 7 Steps to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

    Abuse Statistics

    People Taking Action

    MORE Child Abuse Prevention Resources

    Child Help USA Crisis Intervention for sexual child abuse
    Visit above Website - or Call 800 422-4453 for Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline - 24 hours a day/7 days a week

    Broken Spirits - State by State Abuse Hotline & Organization Directory

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    NOTE: Inclusion in our list of organizations, books, counselors, and other links and resources does not necessarily indicate a recommendation or endorsement. What is helpful for another survivor may not be right for you. As always, use your own judgment when contacting any of these organizations. Advice given at this website, or in conjunction with Joshua Childrens Foundation activities is not to be taken as a counseling or clinical relationship but only as suggestion based on the founders personal experience as a sex abuse victim resulting in bulimia eating disorder and the healing journey from that. Articles, links, or content contained on this website should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner, nor should it be inferred as such. Always check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about a specific condition. Joshua Childrens Foundation does not take any responsibility and is held harmless from any actions by anyone associated with the websites we link to.

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