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The Monster Inside: Surviving Sexual Abuse and Architecting a Life of Resiliency by Eva C. Velasquez is the author's journey from that of being sexually abused to healing, and she speaks about how sharing the journey is also an important part of the healing process. The memoir is more about what the author did after the traumatic experience she underwent and how she practiced resilience, relinquished shame, and acknowledged her unlimited potential on her path to healing. The author aims to provide hope to readers who have experienced anything as traumatic as childhood sexual abuse and help them find a balance by acknowledging the experience instead of living a life consumed by it.
The Monster Inside gives hope and courage to all those who have been through childhood sexual abuse. Eva speaks honestly and candidly about her childhood sexual abuse and gives readers who have been hiding their traumas associated with sexual abuse the confidence to speak about it and get it out of their system. There are monsters in offices, homes, churches, social clubs, and industries, and the book is a good manual to understand the importance of being in control of one's life instead of letting others have control over it. Eva C. Velasquez's story moves from that of a sexual abuse survivor to a pregnant teen mom and high school dropout who was abused by a violent alcoholic for nearly a decade to that of being the CEO of a national non-profit. This will encourage and give hope to sexual abuse survivors to recognize, reconcile, and make positive changes in their lives.