Unscathed Beauty

A powerful memoir by Kelly Humphries.

“Have you ever felt trapped – like part of you is missing? Maybe you’ve had your voice stolen, or perhaps nobody will listen… maybe you screamed for freedom from the chains, but instead found yourself drowning in a lonely sea of shame. Have you been stuck on the merry-go round of life? Cycles repeat, through the day, echoed in nightmares and tears in the night.”

This is a book of hope and love… the journey of a young girl who chose light over darkness.

~ Sonya Ryan

CEO & Founder, Carly Ryan Foundation

Kel inherited darkness and was robbed of her childhood innocence.

Kel was barely 8 years old when she was shown ‘what it was like to love.’ The bravery it took her to break her silence 11 years later will move you, as piece by piece she brings her shards of shattered innocence together to discover her Unscathed Beauty.

Maybe you’re like her, Kelly Humphries, and somehow you got caught in a situation which turned your life upside down.

With a vulnerability and rawness rarely seen, this journey will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. From the hilarious antics of the Queensland bush, and Kel’s outback home, to the profound depths of betrayal and hurt that Kel shares in a way that few will dare.

Kelly’s darkest fight becomes her brightest light as she fearlessly reaches into the heart of child abuse and betrayal. Her hope and heart to break these cycles of abuse, giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves by divulging, “her deepest, darkest secrets and how she found her way to the light”. (Melissa Downs – Australian news broadcaster).

As a survivor with a law enforcement background, through her story Kel will equip and empower you with strategies, ideas, insight, love and hope. Join with her as she unveils “Unscathed Beauty”.

Praise for Unscathed Beauty

Very honest, vulnerable and real. Author Kelly Humphries takes you on her journey of self-discovery through recollections of her young life – with a good balance of both tragic and uplifting. Her words help build an image of love and childhood innocence in your mind, only to have it smashed into a thousand pieces with her memories of abuse and fear. Then she brings you back with stories of hope and strength, leading the reader each time to appreciate more of the Unscathed Beauty she holds within.

~ Reneé – a survivor

In this account, Kelly bravely speaks out about the silence, the secrecy and the confusion that child sexual assault survivors endure. The honesty in her writing may be challenging for some. Having worked in this area for over 15 years, I know that many find it difficult to understand the complexity of the impact of child sexual assault when the offender is someone that is loved, or the confusion children often experience from their bodies’ natural reaction to the sexual acts. Kelly’s openness about these and other effects of the sexual assaults she endured is much-needed, to break through the still frequently taboo topic and the myths that surround it.

~ Carol Ronken

Director of Research, Bravehearts Foundation

There is nothing like a story told from personal experience, especially when it’s written from the heart. In Unscathed Beauty, Kelly Humphries shares her deepest, darkest secrets and how she found her way to the light. We can all learn from her strength, from confronting and accepting her past to looking forward and outward, and then using her experiences to help others. Kelly is a remarkable woman and I wish her all the best.

~ Melissa Downes

Australian News Broadcaster

Kelly Humphries’ book ‘Unscathed Beauty’ is a raw, gritty and honest exploration of life following sexual assault. With great courage, she shares poignant insights into her own story and, in doing so, reminds all adults of their responsibility to keep children safe. Kelly shares her deepest secrets, ones that were for a long time held within the recesses of pain and shame. She also pays tribute to the many adults in her life who have supported her journey through to adulthood, those whose belief in her never faltered and triumphed over all else. Ultimately, she writes of the hope and light that can follow such personal despair.

~ Dr Linda Evans

Principal, Fairholme College, Toowoomba

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