Lost Innocence – A Daughter's Account of Love, Fear and Desperation
Innocence is our innate birthright. It knows no cultural or religious boundaries, but is a precious gift to treasure and honor. It holds the magic of our youth and provides wings to explore.
When taken away without permission through incest or any form of sexual assault, it leaves a heart that is an empty shell, untrusting, shamed, fearful and stripped of self-esteem. Lives are shattered, wounds become deep.
There is hope. Recovery and healing is possible. Hearts can be restored. Innocence can be reclaimed. Lives can be rich and fulfilling. I know, because I am a woman who lived the despair of a lineage of incest as well as sexual assault from non-family members and I came out the other side, happy, healthy and whole.
About Cathy Brochu (Syracuse, New York Author)
Cathy's unparalleled and insightful outlook on life is an inspiration. Hers is a testimony of strength, endurance, perseverance and faith.
Cathy has worked in the field of Child Welfare for more than forty years. She has worked directly with victims, perpetrators and families. She has heard the endless stories and cries for help from young, old, male and female.
Above all, Cathy has evolved. Moving from victim to Survivor, to Author, to Speaker, to Educator and Consultant, Cathy appreciates each and every day. There isn't a day that passes that she doesn't realize that she could have been a statistic rather than a person. In this regard, she celebrates beating the odds and is actively making a difference in the lives of others.