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Why Go Back?

We are so proud and excited to announce the launch of our second book ‘Why Go Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse’. 

This book took 6 years to write, which is a big improvement on how long it took us to write our first book “Click, Click”

What is 'Why Go Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse

 ‘Why Go Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse is a book of hope. It is a unique resource that manages to blend theory with practical examples of how abuse can manifest in the lives of its victims.  It provides real life experiences of the variety of conditions and disorders that can develop as a result of being abused and what they look like in real life.

It demonstrates how abuse can be overcome with knowledge and understanding.  It contains a series of steps based on our belief that the only way to overcome abuse is if you are willing to fully engage in exploring memories and experience. You need to begin to question the origins of your thoughts and be willing to challenge everything you believe to be true.

It is a practical and engaging book that will bring hope and inspiration to sufferers to embark on and dedicate themselves to, overcoming the damage caused to their lives as a result of being abused.

It is our intention to promote a greater understanding of childhood sexual abuse and encourage and motivate change. 

We would love to hear from anyone who reads the book. All feedback is welcome and you can send us your comments and messages here on our website or through our Facebook page.

Love and light
Joyce, June and Paula.

What People Are Saying About Why Go Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse

Why Go Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse is the second book by the Kavanagh Sisters.   It is informed by their own experience of sexual abuse by their father and of the journeys they undertook to heal from the trauma and deal with the impact on their adult lives.

This is a must-read book for anybody thinking of taking that first step into counselling but fearful of what it might involve.  It will also help those who are in the throes of recovery work and who are wondering if the pain and struggle will ever end.  It is also essential reading for any professional who works with adult survivors so as to increase their understanding of what is helpful and what is not.

The Kavanagh sisters are inspiring in their zest for life and they hold out the possibility that there is indeed life after sexual abuse.  Buy this book.

Maeve Lewis
Executive Director, One In Four

” Human, Touching, Informed, Wise Resource.”

“It’s an amazing human, touching, informed, wise resource….a book for anyone and everyone who cares about child sexual abuse and those who battle with it.”

Sexual Violence Centre Cork via Twitter

“Turning Tragedy into a Source of Great Strength”

“Child sexual abuse and rape can leave a legacy of human pain and suffering that can reach far beyond childhood. What we see in the book is how Joyce, June and Paula tackled such tragedy as they regained their power over its awful legacy, turning their tragedy into a source of great strength. This is why Joyce, June and Paula’s book is so important.”

Dr. Marie Keenan, Lecturer at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University of College Dublin

“Definitely a Book I Would Recommend for Any Stage of Your Healing Journey”

I finished this book last night. I’ve had it a few weeks but wanted to take my time reading it and I’m glad I did. I’ve read a lot of stuff about abuse and its effects on the victims. I’m constantly educating myself to try and ger awareness of what is happening in my life.
So, I have to say this book makes you feel like it’s personally written for you. It explains a lot about how growing up and becoming an adult and carrying behaviours with you from the past. It explains from Joyce, June and Paula’s experience just how each thing affected them n their own personal lives. It explains a lot about personal growth, relationships with family ad friends, sexual relationships and about moving forward. The title ‘Why GO Back? ‘makes sense because you can’t really move happily forward if something from the past is holding you back.

It has great questionnaires that make you think about certain aspects in a different way. It’s simply written which is what I love most. No big fancy words that you don’t understand. It’s definitely a book that I would recommend at any stage of your journey as it gives you advice from when you tell someone for the first time right through to the police station, court process and afterwards. It’s definitely a book I will keep and read and refer to again and again. xxxx

Shaneda Daly

“A wonderful, practical, effective approach to trauma(of all kinds)

Inspirational, courageous, insightful, wise and maybe most importantly of all, GROUNDED. A wonderful, practical, effective approach to TRAUMA (of all Kinds).”

Donal O’Leary via Facebook

“A Big Thank You”

I have downloaded ‘Why GO Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse’ and would just like to say a big thank you…what an amazing book each and every page and word seems to be written especially for me….and I know I am not alone in feeling like this….
I have to admit that it does not make for easy reading, but I decided  that my way of dealing with this was to have my book open on my laptop and have a note page open too so that when something in the book spared a reaction in me I go to my note page and write down exactly what I am feeling…it has been such a help and maybe by sharing my experience it will help someone else somewhere…I do hope so.
I have also ordered a hard copy of this book as a present for a very good friend and will be ordering a hard copy for myself too at a later date.

Again thank you
Ruth Balbirnie

“Helping and Achieving Healing After Child Sexual Abuse.”

A very easy book to read. Very well written following their first book, this book focuses on helping and achieving healing after child sexual abuse, some beautiful personal stories in this book and I particularly found the pieces referring to their Mother very poignant. Wonderful writing.

Elizabeth Doyle via Amazon.com


The Ebook Version of Our Book Is Available From The Following Outlets

The Print Version of Our Book Is Available From The Following Outlets

Kevin Hanna’s Bookshop

270 Rathmines Road
Lower Dublin Dublin Dublin 6 Ireland 



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We have a limited number of signed copies of our latest book, Why Go Back? 7 Steps to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse available for sale directly from our website. These copies are signed by each of us and we can add a personalised message to your book.

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