Keeping Mum explores the relationship between the abused child and the ‘non-offending parent’ who fails to prevent, and even enables the abuse. This complex dynamic is often hidden, minimised or rationalised.
A weave of personal recollections, Keeping Mum breaks open a primal betrayal, and the pain of the child who must stay silent to survive. Compelling vignettes invite the reader to grapple with the cost, and the freedom, of refusing to ‘keep mum’.
This book challenges health practitioners to listen for the story behind the story, and respond sensitively. It provides new insights for those working in the context of family violence and trauma. Many survivors of abuse will find chords that resonate with their own experience.
Keeping Mum is the poignant sequel to Fragments of Home: Piecing Life Together after Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Includes download links to 11 original songs by Monique Lisbon