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"My greatest fear is that I have left it too long to share this message with those who most need to hear it; the time for me to speak up was yesterday. I feel a sense of urgency now to raise my voice and roar like a lion - fear has kept me hidden for too long. But I am not afraid anymore. I hope this book will impact people's lives and help them realise that despite their circumstances, demographic or background, they can rise above any challenges and still shine an incredible light. If I can achieve this, I will know I have done something worthwhile and turned my mess into something powerful. While I know my story of childhood sexual abuse is echoed in the lives of thousands of people across the world, most of their stories, hopes and dreams will go unheard. It doesn't have to be that way. I write with faith that sharing my story will open pathways of hope and light in many dark lives, as others are inspired, and given permission to tell their stories, expose their perpetrators and begin or further their healing journey. My ultimate prayer is that chains will be broken, abuse cycles shattered and lives healed. It is why my mother also shares her perspective in this book, which further shines a light on the impact of abuse on families and offers a greater perspective in a most unique way."- Kelly Humphries : Unscathed Beauty- Her darkest fight was her brightest light

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Very honest, vulnerable and real. Author Kelly Humphries takes you on her journey of self-discovery through recollections of her young life - with a good balance of both tragic and uplifting. Her words help build an image of love and childhood innocence in your mind, only to have it smashed into a thousand pieces with her memories of abuse and fear. Then she brings you back with stories of hope and strength, leading the reader each time to appreciate more of the Unscathed Beautyshe holds within.- RENEE - A SURVIVOR There is nothing like a story told from personal experience, especially when it's written from the heart. In Unscathed Beauty, Kelly Humphries shares her deepest, darkest secrets and how she found her way to the light. We can all learn from her strength, from confronting and accepting her past, to looking forward and outward, and then using her experiences to help others. Kelly is a remarkable woman and I wish her all the best. - MELISSA DOWNES - AUSTRALIAN NEWS BROADCASTERUnscathed Beautyis a clear expression of a heart made strong by allowing itself to be seen. I could not help but be touched and changed in some way by stepping into Kelly's story. Kelly triumphs in exposing the nuanced and achingly polarised story of a sexual abuse survivor marked by personal trauma. Her voice sings of her connection to sacred places, people and memories that kept her breathing and moving when confined to the darkest and most suffocating corners of her life. Through writing, she powerfully reclaims her agency and her awareness of the multiple aspects of herself and her choices. An awareness that sees the truth of shame for what it is: the neglected property of the abuser, for whom trust is nothing more than a currency. I highly recommend this book to people of all walks of life, from survivors to professionals, and all those with curious minds and open hearts. - DILIP BALU- CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER, SUPERVISOR & TRAINERIn this account, Kelly bravely speaks out about the silence, the secrecy and the confusion that child sexual assault survivors endure. The honesty in her writing may be challenging for some. Having worked in this area for over 15 years, I know that many find it difficult to understand the complexity of the impact of child sexual assault when the offender is someone that is loved, or the confusion children often experience from their bodies' natural reaction to the sexual acts. Kelly's openness about these and other effects of the sexual assaults she endured is much-needed, to break through the still frequently taboo topic and the myths that surround it.Through sharing her story, Kelly is giving a voice to those who may not be able to speak out just yet. As she acknowledges, Kelly's experiences are hers, but her message is one that is universal - we all have a right to have happiness, peace and love in our lives. For those who experienced a traumatic childhood, that right is still yours. Know you are not alone; know that there are others who, while not having lived your journey, do understand. In Kelly's words: 'Hold on to the parts of you that are you and hold on to them tight. No one can ever take that away from you. That is your Unscathed Beauty'. - CAROL RONKEN, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, BRAVEHEARTS FOUNDATION

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