Dr. Diana Garland (1947 - 2015) was a hero for me during my abuse. After three people said, "You should talk to Dr. Garland." I made an appointment. In 2012, we sat in her office at Baylor University. At the end of our conversation she took my hand from across the table and said, "when we are victims of clergy sexual abuse we get to choose what role we play. I chose the role of researcher. What role will you play? Later that year, after I testified in court, she wrote me and said, "You define the word courage." I am eternally grateful for Dr. Garland, her wisdom, and encouragement.
This book was suggested to me by Dr. Garland. It gives six stories of women who had unwanted sexual experiences with clergy. I found their stories moving and their stories gave me a vocabulary to put into words what I was feeling.