Thursday, 3 May 2012

PRESS RELEASE - Beyond Survivor

New Book Encourages Men to Speak Out about Childhood Sexual Abuse

Jan L Frayne wants men to know there is no shame in admitting they suffered abuse


According to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 17,727 sexual crimes against children under 16 were recorded in England and Wales in 2010-11. Timed to coincide with Child Abuse and Awareness month in April, author Jan L Frayne offers readers his poetic memoir Beyond Survivor – Rising from the Ashes of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Collection of Writings (published by AuthorHouse).
In Beyond Survivor Frayne offers his own history, hoping to help other victims of abuse find the courage and strength to seek help to triumph over it, and to increase awareness and education among the general public. “Child abuse is in the headlines almost every week,” he says. “Very few men are prepared to come forward and be counted. I hope this shows them that there is no shame in doing so.”

An excerpt from "Beyond Survivor", the poem “If I Died”:

If I died tonight,
Would you hold my hand
Would you stay beside me
And walk me from this land

Put your arms around me
And never let me go
Share with me your strength
For I have none of my own

The pain is too much to bear
I can't seem to carry on
My heart now lies shattered
The dreams are now all gone

The feelings were always buried
Deep inside my soul
Slowly they destroyed me
Because I wouldn't let them show

Now I lay here resting
My time on Earth is done
Nothing left to fight for
No where left to run

Put your hand in mine
As I take my final breath
My soul has at last found peace
There awaiting me in Death.

Author Patricia A. McKnight, in her review of the book, says, “This expertly written book shows the path of standing strong and achieving what all mankind desires; retrieving the happiness once destroyed by the wicked. This collection of outstanding poetry and prose is a must read for all as inspiration to prevail against the challenges put forth in the battle to obtain our own freedom.”

About the Author

Mr Jan L Frayne is a 44-year-old male survivor of childhood sexual abuse. An advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse worldwide, he has written both prose and poetry since he was 11 years old.

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Anonymous said...

Yet agai a very beautiful poem which I would like to share with others. It is indeed wonderful that beauty can arise from horror! Thank you Jan!

Patricia Singleton said...

Heartbreakingly beautiful.


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