I’m proud to be a part of this Anthology, as I share my experience as a parent and as a survivor of child abuse.
Trigger Points Anthology, The Parenting Book that Breaks the Silence
For immediate release, November 16, 2015
November 18th marks the release of a new parenting book determined to start a conversation that will change the
lives of millions of Canadians. One-third of Canadian children experience childhood abuse, and yet the question is
never asked: what happens when those children grow up and have families of their own?
Editors Joyelle Brandt (of Port Moody, BC) and Dawn Daum (of Northville, NY) are survivors working to break
the cycle for their own families. Raising children as an abuse survivor is often a lonely and isolating experience.
When Joyelle read Dawn’s article Raising a Girl as a Survivor, she sought Dawn out to ask if they could create a book
together. They discovered that they had both gone looking for a parenting book that dealt with these issues, and
had not found what they were looking for. So together they started an online community specifically for parent
survivors, and started collecting essays to create the Trigger Points Anthology.
The Trigger Points Anthology is a collection of writing by 21 parents who are survivors of childhood abuse.
Included in the anthology are two essays written by fathers, a queer woman expecting her first child, mothers from
inside and outside of North America, women of different ethnicities, single and married parents. What they have in
common is a determination to give their children the safe and happy childhood they wish they’d had.
Parenting when you experienced childhood abuse often feels like walking back into a war zone as a soldier with
PTSD. There are flashbacks and triggers everywhere, and most parents are completely blindsided by them because
no one talks about it. This book starts a conversation about what it takes for families to heal from generations of abuse.
1. To let survivor parents know that they are not alone, and that what they are experiencing is a perfectly normal
reaction for those with a history of childhood trauma.
2. To educate health care and social service providers who work with parents about common triggers are that arise
for survivor parents.
3. To help partners and families of abuse survivors understand what we are going through.
For more information, or to receive a pdf copy for review, contact:
or call Joyelle Brandt at 778-888-1395