Journey of Healing: Wisdom from Survivors of Sexual Abuse

A Literary Anthology

Edited by Marjorie Ryerson
Photographs by Sabrina Francesca Manganella

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The Journey of Healing is a first-of-its-kind literary anthology in which survivors of sexual abuse eloquently share the pain and hope on the many roads to healing. These diverse voices reduce the sense of isolation survivors may feel, broaden our understanding of the impacts of sexual abuse, and powerfully call us to action.


“We received hundreds of remarkable poems and stories from many parts of the world,” said the anthology’s editor, Marjorie Ryerson. “The submissions were articulate and honest. The task of making final selections was challenging, both because of the overall high quality of what had come in as well as because of the very real, deep human sensibilities so eloquently presented.”

The final selections of poems, essays and stories include fiction as well as autobiographical pieces, from men and women of many regions. These resonant writings articulate both the pain and the hope that come from the process of enduring and surviving abuse. The voices in this book are unique, strong, aware and wise.

“My hope,” says Ryerson, “is that people will read the anthology for its literary merit and through the process gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the complex nature of the impact of sexual abuse.”

About the Editor

Marjorie Ryerson is the author of the books Companions for the Passage: Stories of the Intimate Privilege of Accompanying the Dying (2005), and Water Music (2003). Her poetry has appeared in many literary journals over the past 25 years. She teaches poetry for Middlebury College at its annual New England Young Writers’ Conference, and is a First Wednesdays’ lecturer for the Vermont Council on the Humanities. Ryerson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry and creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is currently a Vermont state representative for the Orange-Washington-Addison district.

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