Karen Answers Irena’s Fourth Question

Comment by irena on September 9, 2008 4:11 am
Dear Karen,

hello again. Big congratulations on the paperback release of Switching Time!

In Australia today, September 9, we are having what is called White Balloon Day.


This is an initiative to specifically raise awareness of child sexual abuse. It is in it’s early days but doing great work in the community. Last year after white balloon day there were 519 reports to the police in one city alone. I think without a doubt child sexual abuse is the most culturally suppressed and hidden of all crimes and also personally the most difficult and anguishing to expose. There is so much that still needs to be done to protect children and help adolescent and adult survivors and your book is at the crest of a wave that I hope is gaining momentum.

It is interesting that although your DID and MPD were the subject of Dr Baer’s book, it’s your actual circumstances as a child and subsequent survival that are what people relate to and feel the need to talk
about most. You’re as ever amazing and inspiring in your answers to people. Keep up the wonderful writing.

Best Regards,


Dear Irena,

Wow! What a coincidence! Our paperback, Switching Time, coming out on “White Balloon Day” in Australia is amazing! Devoting a day to bring awareness to child sexual abuse is a great idea. I’m glad to hear that there is such a day and hope many true reports of child abuse come in.

You are so right to say that child sexual abuse is one of the most culturally surpressed and hidden of all crimes, and the most difficult to expose. You are also right that there is so much more that needs to be done to protect children and to help adolescent and adult survivors.

Thank you for all your encouraging words and especially for recommending my story to help people come to an understanding of the effects of child sexual abuse. Switching Time may be a book about multiple personality, but I was also a victim of sexual abuse. Although MPD was my personal coping mechanism, all children who suffer will cope in their own way. We need to help them all we can.

Thank you, Irena, for all your support and good wishes,



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