Wollongong’s newest author Allison Rose Clark launched her first book on the weekend at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre that she hopes will change the lives of many other women.
Ms Clark said with abuse against women so prevalent and the subject being spoken about in the community she decided to write a book about empowering women to take back control of their lives, who is in it and how they are treated.
Titled "I Don't Hate Me Anymore" she described it as a self-help memoir.
She said it did not start that way but evolved as she was writing it.
“My book is not an a-z of my life, but sectioned into the chapters so as to give some logical order to the process of learning to love yourself,” she said.
Over the years, I have read numerous self-help books and inspirational stories. Even though I finished the book with hope things could get better, and would, what I wasn't able to do was take that inspiration and implement it into my life so I could see in my life what the author had in theirs. I didn't know how or where to start.”
My book is not an a-z of my life, but sectioned into the chapters so as to give some logical order to the process of learning to love yourselfAllison Rose Clark
Ms Clark, 43, said her book was not only about inspiring women change was possible and giving them hope.
She also tried to lay out in some sort of logical order, the "how to" which she wished she could have had as a resource when she was 20.
She said "I Don't Hate Me Anymore" could be read as an inspirational story, used like a healing journal, and/or in conjunction with counselling.
Ms Clark said she had been in domestically abusive relationships and sexually assaulted and bullied as a child. Now she wants to help other women get their lives back and take her message to high school girls, so they can be hopefully saved from years of abuse.
“I want to empower them to be strong and confident”.