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A Step Towards Freedom – Book Launch

Tue 26 March at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A story of courage, becoming unstuck and learning self-healing is the only way forward.

At the tender age of three, Gabrielle Dickson’s carefree, fun-filled childhood took a dark turn. One that would lead her into a lifetime of betrayal, shame and humiliation.

Moving into adulthood, Gabrielle found herself in a cycle of one abusive relationship after another. It seemed life was determined to ruin any happiness she found, as time and time again, her trust and heart were broken.

Even her own body seemed determined to betray her as strange life-threatening health issues plagued her, and doctor after doctor could find nothing wrong with her. Was she going mad?

Then came the realisation that she had married a paedophile. Now a single mother supporting her two young children and living in constant fear of being stalked, Gabrielle had to ask herself how she could move past a lifetime of emotional damage and live a normal life.

It was finally time to accept the harm the loss of her childhood innocence had caused, and that nothing would change unless she finally faced that darkest of truths and the person who betrayed her.

This is a story of courage, of becoming unstuck and learning that everyone is flawed in some way, but that self-healing is the only way forward. And to move forward, Gabrielle had to face her past.

About the author:

After working in the community for several decades with clients of various ages, Ms West had heard many dark secrets her clients have never told another soul. By researching and delving into a “forbidden” subject, Ms West produced this story including many aspects of how child sexual abuse and trauma can affect an entire lifetime, in hopes to help at least one more person to survive.

Book Launch: A Step Towards Freedom by DT West

Guest speaker Giuliana Ryan

Bookings online or call Orange City Library on 6393 8132.

Trigger warning: please note the author and guest speaker will be talking about themes of abuse, child sexual abuse and trauma.

If you require assistance please call Lifeline 13 11 14

Bravehearts 1800 272 831

National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence www.1800respect.org.au

1800 737 732


Tue 26 March
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Event contact details (phone/ email)
6393 8132


Orange City Library
147 Byng Street
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia
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