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Always the Bridesmaid – Childhood abuse – more than just surviving.
by Judith Shapland
Always the Bridesmaid by Judith Shapland is a moving memoir about the pervasive and complex effects of childhood sexual abuse. Judith was six weeks old when she was sexually abused by a neighbour. Her childhood then continued on in a series of traumatic events mainly perpetrated by her parents, who, as abused children themselves, continued to weave the tapestry of abuse inside their own family. This is what Shapland calls the “Toxic Heirloom”.