Segments in this Video

Childhood Incest (03:54)


Janice Mirikitani shares the story of her childhood sexual abuse from age 5 to 16. She was abused by male members of her family.

Miss America: Realization of Abuse (02:41)

Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur was abused by her father for 13 years. She didn't find her voice to speak about her abuse until age 53.

Incest as a Secret (02:23)

An incest survivor shares the story of her father's sexual abuse when she was a child. She was terrified someone would find out her "secret."

Incest: Negative Self-Image (02:19)

As a teen, Marilyn Van Derbur despised herself because she believed she was "dirty, and bad and ugly, unacceptable, and guilty." Her boyfriend was loving and understanding.

Recovery Center for Incest Survivors (04:30)

Reverend Cecil Williams of the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church and his wife Janice Mirikitani's recovery center helps women with addiction and abuse recovery.

Generational Incest (02:08)

An incest survivor relives the nightmare of her father's abuse of her own daughters, and her brother's abuse of her son.

Miss America: Incest Survivor (03:02)

Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur "shut down" at age 45 for six years, suffering from mental and physical symptoms. Therapy proved to be the awakening that an incest survivor needed to begin her healing.

Incest Survivor's Mission (04:20)

Incest survivor Janice Mirikitani's mission is to help abused women find their voices of protest and triumph.

Process of Healing (03:39)

When a woman recovers her power, her former abusers seem to "hate" her for it. Janice Mirikitani reads poetry that gives voice to her healing processes.

No Instant Cure (03:47)

There is no instant cure for incest survivors. The healing process might cover decades of a survivor's life. Well-meaning friends often do not understand that incest survivors cannot "just get over it."

Family of Abuse (02:02)

A mother reports that each one of her children was abused, and all have undergone therapy. Some of the children withdrew from her. The mother believes she is slowly healing from the separations.

Support Group for Abused Women (02:54)

Women who were abused as children and teens share their feelings about how the abuse has affected them in their adulthood.

Issues of Intimacy and Trust (02:04)

Childhood incest creates can destroy a woman's ability to trust, to experience intimacy, and to overcome shame.

Incest Survivors (04:35)

Former Miss America Marilyn van Derbur's mission is to protect children. She inspires women to stand without shame. Van Derbur recalls the damage done by her father's sexual abuse.

Healing Lost Childhood (01:59)

An incest survivor finds her lost childhood when playing with her granddaughter. "Healing from incest is like cleaning a dirty river," notes one incest survivor.

Women's Voices (03:22)

Community activist Janice Mirikitani, founding president of the Glide Foundation, uses her experiences to urge other women to come forward, face their pasts, and begin the healing process.

Credits: The Healing Years: Surviving Incest and Child Sexual Abuse (01:35)

Credits: The Healing Years: Surviving Incest and Child Sexual Abuse

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The Healing Years: Surviving Incest and Child Sexual Abuse

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This powerful documentary—an acclaimed film in the field of child sexual abuse prevention—tells the stories of three courageous incest survivors: former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur, an inspirational author and motivational speaker; poet and community activist Janice Mirikitani, founding president of the Glide Foundation, through which she helps inner-city female addicts to address the trauma of incest; and Barbara Hamilton, author of The Hidden Legacy: Uncovering, Confronting, and Healing Three Generations of Incest. The Healing Years has been endorsed by many organizations, including Childhelp USA, Justice for Children, and the American Psychological Association. (52 minutes)

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL53497

ISBN: 978-1-61753-975-6

Copyright date: ©2000

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

“This documentary does the most difficult, almost impossible feat: it admits the sick and cruel past. In doing so, it becomes therapy for a healthy future. This is an exhibition of abundant courage and great heart. Thank you.”  —Maya Angelou


“This is one of the best videos on child sexual abuse and incest! The Healing Years is a powerful experience, which will make an excellent training tape for all interested in working with and for survivors. I’m using it in my classes!  —Dr. Jon Conte, professor of social work, University of Washington


“These authentic voices are inspiration for everyone who has suffered abuse or who have family and friends who have survived sexual trauma.”  —Patricia Giggans, executive director, Rape Crisis Center, Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women


The Healing Years takes the shame and betrayal of child sexual abuse and turns this trauma into a message of hope, healing and empowerment.”  —William G. Steiner, Childhelp USA


“An excellent film... Highly recommended for child abuse and domestic violence professionals, therapists, and teachers.”  Library Journal


“This powerhouse of a film profiles three strong, vibrant survivors of child sexual abuse who convincingly tell us—once and for all—that we must take back our lives. This documentary banishes shame and celebrates women’s power.”  —Laura Davis, coauthor, Courage to Heal


“After viewing The Healing Years documentary, I have ordered a copy for our Education Resource Center . There is a clear correlation between adult substance abuse and addiction issues and childhood sexual abuse. This film is an effective and powerful community teaching tool that promotes a healing message, yet also challenges the viewer by bringing them face to face with the pain that sexual abuse causes.”  —Mary Pat Angelini, executive director, Substance Abuse Resources/Prevention and Education Network, A United Way Agency, and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

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