Engaged people at book talk on sexual abuse in Chicago

 My signing and talk about my book, Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood, happened last weekend in Chicago. People who came were very responsive and asked good questions. They also shared their experiences. They said it was helpful. That is very redeeming for me. Sharing my story takes a lot of energy (although it gives me energy, too), and I am recouping this week. ...more

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There is an exciting program for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Starting April 15, a program for the prevention of child sexual abuse will be launched. It is a group of organizations in Nashville, TN called the Nashville Child Protection Coalition out of Thistle Farms (info@thistlefarms .org). They encourage the Stewards of Children Training, where you can have trainers come to a group and do the two hour training to enable adults to detect, intervene and respond to children before and after they are sexually abused. It is one concrete thing anyone can do to make a difference about child seual abuse. Check it out....more

Don't forget time change March 8 for my signing March 9

 Don't forget to put your watches ahead an hour at midnight March 8, so you can get to my book signing, March 9, 4-6, Bairnwick Women's Center, Mary Sue Cushman room, in Sewanee, TN.  My book, Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood, will be on sale for a discounted price. I will give a talk about the book and about how you heal from sexual abuse. Other of my artwook will be displayed. See you there.  ...more

New book released about healing from child sexual abuse using art

Barbara HughesNEW BOOK RELEASED TODAYBarbara Hughes' book,  Enfolded in Silence/ A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood is a book of paintings. poetry and narrative that tells the story of healing from child sexual abuse. It contains also a manual of things that helped me heal.Praise for Enfolded in Silence:...more

Choosing to forgive my abusers

I have never made a secret about my abuse as a child, it is nothing I have to be ashamed of, despite my upbringing of secrecy. Please don't misunderstand me, there were plenty of years that I felt shame and humiliation for the things I went through. Times I believed that it was my fault, if I didn't bloom so early, if my boobs weren't so big, if I didn't this, or hadn't that. I spent so much time replaying the abuse in my head and in some instances still dealing with it in my everyday long into adulthood....more
Its been a year since you wrote this brave blog. I am sorry for what you endured in your abuse ...more

Tending to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

 I am very settled back into life here. I am co-facilitating a weekly support group for women who have been sexually abused as children. March 16 I will offer a retreat for abuse survivors. More to come on that. This is redeeming work for me. It means that I can give back some of what I have been given in terms of healing. To decide to do the work of healing from childhood sexual abuse takes courage. I am in awe of these women as they persist in their healing work. Life is so sweet on the other side, but hell while you are in the trenches. I care about this issue very much....more
Hi Barbara, it is nice to read something from you again. You've been gone a while but have been ...more

An open letter to Dottie Sandusky and women like her...

I just read an article about Jerry Sandusky's wife, Dottie, writing a defiant letter to the judge before the Sandusky sentencing, attacking the victims motives, expressing her loss of faith in the judicial system and insisting he isn't a child molester. ...more

Pervs are pigs!

I hate to insult pigs but as you can see it's one of the things that makes me boil with anger. I look at pictures of who they say is me when I was little, I don't recognize me. I see a little girl who I feel sorry for, I see sadness even beneath the smiles. She was being sexually abused on a regular basis by my grandma's husband, I don't say my grandpa because he was my dads step-father not my grandpa. I can't believe it happened, I just don't know how, he had done it to other's and no one saved me....more

Child Abuse - It's time to talk.

"And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea." - Mark 9:42...more

To the Victims of Sandusy

To the Victims of Sandusky,...more