This is a place for healing that books and therapy and group can't provide. Those other things are great too and I recommend them all in addition to this site.
You will find people here who are like you in ways that will surprize you, and you will be amazed like most of us were to find out how much abuse has shaped your life up to this point.
I started healing almost 5 years ago, and although 4 1/2 of them were agonizing, the last 6 months have been remarkably easier than the last 33 years (especially the last 4 1/2) in dealing with the pain from the abuse. I found this place about 9 months ago and it is one of the things that has allowed me to overcome the dibiltating portion of the pain.
Its good you are starting young, I'm 37 and I can't imagine how much different my life would be if I stated recovering 20 years ago.
Stick with this place and don't be discouraged by the politically incorrect conversations, or occasional differences of oppinion necessary for healing.