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The twin sides of abuse
By Jenice Armstrong
An estimated 18 percent of American women are raped at some point during their life. Many never say a word. Too often, victims hide what happened the way Matlin did for so many years. Yesterday, I spoke with Philadelphia writer Sylvia Coleman, who for years suppressed the memories of being sexually assaulted by male relatives.
"My coping mechanisms weren't drugs or anything overt or promiscuity," recalled Coleman, who has authored a book about her experiences called "Creating a New Normal: Cleaning Up a Dysfunctional Life." "I became an overeater. I was clinically depressed. It was only through therapy that I felt strong enough to tell my mother what went on and, fortunately, she believed me," said Coleman. http://www.philly.com/dailynews/features/gossip/20090415
Creating a New Normal’ After Sexual Abuse
by Ayanna Jones
After years of regarding herself as a victim, Sylvia Coleman finally embarked on the path of healing. As a part of her healing process, Coleman penned a new book titled “Creating A New Normal — Cleaning Up A Dysfunctional Life.”
The memoir offers insight into how Coleman dealt with the repressed trauma of sexual abuse and began the healing process. The newly
released book made its debut during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is observed during April.