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Dr. Lynn Daugherty has been bringing hope and healing to former victims of child sexual abuse, and to their families, for more than twenty-five years.
Treating children, adolescents, and adults who were victims of molestation, rape, and incest was the primary focus of Dr. Daugherty's New Mexico psychology practice, although she had previously worked extensively with sex offenders as director of a forensic evaluation team.
Dr. Daugherty wrote her award-winning bestseller, "Why Me? Help for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse (Even if they are adults now)," as a beginning self-help book for former abuse victims who want to understand more about child sexual abuse and begin changing its effects on their lives. It, like all her books, is available as an ebook and in paperback.
"Voices of Survivors," containing selections from the longer book, presents stories of former victims, along with other basic information about child sexual abuse. These stories form an especially powerful part of the self-help book. They let former victims know they are not alone, that others have survived similar experiences of abuse.
Dr. Daugherty wrote "Child Molesters, Child Rapists, and Child Sexual Abuse," to help former victims, and the general public, understand more about how child sexual abuse takes place and what motivates abusers. It reinforces the idea that children are not abused because there is something "wrong" with them, but because there is something "wrong" with the abuser.
Dr. Daugherty's most recent book, "Listening and Talking to Your Sexually Abused Child," helps parents improve their communication skills to strengthen their relationship with their son or daughter as they begin their journey to recovery from child molestation, rape, or incest.
A former National Science Foundation Fellow, adjunct university professor, and internationally respected expert on child sexual abuse, Dr. Daugherty and her husband, a retired attorney, now divide their time between New Mexico and Florida where Dr. Daugherty concentrates on her writing.
Lynn Daugherty's study of psychology began at Middlebury College in Vermont and continued at the University of Tulsa and the University of Montana. There she completed a Ph.D. and a postdoctoral training program in clinical psychology. In addition to writing for the general public, she has published research in a variety of professional journals.