This New Dawn

My latest book, BETRAYED, the Aftermath of Child Abuse, published March, 2013, is the story of Emma Johnson, abused as a child, spent most of her life trying to overcome feelings of guilt, shame, and worthlessness, and working through those damaging emotions with therapy.

When the Penn State scandal broke, she realized just how little the public understood the pain that abused children endured. Often the victims of sexual and physical abuse carry that emotional turmoil with them into their adult lives. Knowing that something had to be done, Emma made it her mission to educate others about the tragic consequences of abuse.

Using Emma’s own experiences and the stories of seven abused women, each of whom reveal their pain and their pasts in an effort to heal, author Laurel Hall aims to break the silence about abuse and to demonstrate the havoc such violence inflicts on people’s lives.

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What People are saying

By Dr. Jack, surgeon: “As an educational treatise, it succeeds perfectly.“ June, 2013.

The book is very well written and easy to read; I found that I could not put it down once I had started it. It is not a “feel good” book, but rather an educational book. I did not review the workbook, but understand that it adds greatly to the educational value. One of Laurel’s relatives described it as “walking barefoot through broken glass.” It helped me to understand the types of abuse, and I know that it was cathartic for Laurel to have written it, since many parts of it are autobiographical. The book points out that the abuses endured by these children have lifelong effects, which are often difficult to work through. As an educational treatise, it succeeds perfectly. Before reading this book, I only thought of abuse as sexual. But the book points out the many other types of abuse: physical, emotional, etc.

Since some estimates are that as many as 25% of children are abused, I would recommend this book to anyone: consider it an obligatory rite of passage to be able to be sensitized to this group of human beings….

Stephanie from Australia


My name is Stephanie and I am from Australia. I have just finished reading the above book {BETRAYED} on my iPad. …The book was amazing. I found myself crying reading as my life has been similar. I also read through the end descriptions and for the first time ever the author mentioned my little known personality disorder. Iwas diagnosed a few years ago with Dependent Personality Disorder. Ihonestly thought I would never read about it in a book. I really felt compelled to somehow let her know my feelings and to thank her for writing such an amazing book. I wish we had more access to groups here as I feel so isolated and alone but reading this book has helped me realize there are others like me. Please pass on my thanks to Laurel Hall…

Thanks again, Stephanie

By Mary Lou Schatan

This review is from: Betrayed: The Aftermath of Child Abuse (Kindle Edition)

I am an optician and own my own optical store in California. I was lucky enough to have Laurel as one of my clients. She was nice enough to give me a copy of BETRAYED, a book that once you start reading it, you cannot put it down. This book is a real eye opener to the different types of abuse that children can go through. Once finished reading it I shared my copy with my employees. One of my employees was lucky enough to read this before her friend returned from a trip in Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica her friend had been drugged and raped by a friend of her host family. But because she had read this book she was able to feel more comfortable talking to her friend about what happened. I recommend this book for everyone to read, it really is an informative, well written book.

Betrayed Workbook

This workbook, based on the book BETRAYED, the Aftermath of Child Abuse, was designed to be used as a teaching aid working with students to learn and understand the facts surrounding abuse.
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