I don't know about her being in denial. She disclosed early, she was in a family situation that didn't pile shame or blame onto her, she has received both an apology and monetary compensation. I'm not saying that these things guarantee healing (of course not), but its a lot more closure and support than a lot of people get. If she has found healing and this is her way of moving on, I'm ok with that. In fact, I'm glad for her and I am not going to doubt her just because I've never gotten there. I just hope people who read her book realize that if the effects of her abuse was minimal it was because of the mitigating circumstances and her own healing journey (if you read between the lines, the article implies her teen years were pretty tough) not because the abuse itself wasn't harmful. I am afraid that in her case people might think that because she is doing ok it means Polanski's crime was slight. It wasn't. Just because a particular individual doesn't die from a bullet wound doesn't mean guns aren't fatal.
edit: But I didn't think it was fair of her to compare herself to Elizabeth Smart and say the only difference was their attitude toward sex. Elizabeth Smart's circumstances were very different and its not fair for her to make such assumptions about someone else's journey.
Edited by Jacob S (09/17/13 02:54 AM)
"As long as the child within is not allowed to become aware of what happened to him or her, a part of his or her emotional life will remain frozen . . . all appeals to love, solidarity, and compassion will be useless."
-- Alice Miller