The Girl Inside Me: For all who suffered sexual abuse or trauma as children
by Javelin Hardy
100 pages; 6 x 9 inches
Includes 9 historical and current photos
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-945587-05-4
Price: $19.99 + shipping
“The Girl Inside Me is a heartfelt book and very moving. As a writer, I understand how complex it can be putting oneself out there to the public, but people are looking for real people, with real situations that can heal others and restore hope. Javelin Hardy’s collection of poems does exactly that. Even the book’s title immediately speaks to the reader, opening curiosity about the direction the book will take.
“As I read Hardy’s poems, numerous emotions surfaced and her words allowed me to transform into her and feel her experiences. The titles of her poems anchored me in place and time. For instance, “He Touched Me,” immediately brought to mind a scared little girl with pigtails, ankle socks, and a teddy bear held by one ear. A tall man standing with pointy shoes and smelling of cigar smoke. I felt her anger, hurt, resentment, pain, and redemption. Her poems allowed me to walk in the shoes of that small, frightened girl as she experienced things no little girl should ever go through.
“The little girl inside of Javelin Hardy has matured into a beautiful, powerful woman capable of healing others using her personal experience and training in her therapeutic profession. And what more of a blessing it will be as this collection of poems, The Girl Inside Me, goes further out into the world and touches the lives of so many more.”
—Kimberly Robinson Green, Author of Her Cry—Her Prayer—Her Praise
and Encouraged To Finish
My name is JAVELIN HARDY. I was born and raised in a small town called Minden, Louisiana. My family moved to Portland, Oregon, during my sophomore year of high school, but I returned to Louisiana to graduate with the friends I’d grown up with. I moved back to Oregon when I was 23 and raised my two sons, who are now 27 and 24 years old. I’m the grandmother of a five-year-old kid I call “King Josiah” because he has an old soul and reminds me of his grandparents.
I began the journey of writing when I was seven years old as I searched for answers about things beyond my imagination. Writing became my sanctuary. I ventured out as I got older and pursued a degree in social work. I took sociology and psychology classes and read a lot of self-care books. I saw counselors who couldn’t relate to the things I was trying to express—trapped as a women by what the little girl inside me had seen and suffered from. It wasn’t until I started studying how drugs and alcohol cause turmoil in families that I understood why I had not been protected and why I did not feel safe as a child. I also studied my family history of various addictions and dysfunctions.
Through my relationship with God, a healing transformation began. I gave God every memory of my pain. I prayed, Please take this journey with me and get ready, for there is more to come. We all have secrets. We’re set free only when we reveal them. Writing them down, or speaking the words out loud, gives us peace of mind.
JAVELIN HARDY, CSWA, is a Master Level Social Worker, Qualified Mental Health Professional, and Clinical Social Worker Associate. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2012. She’s has twenty-three year’s experience working with adults with mental health and substance abuse issues, and with their families. She has extensive experience working with the adult justice systems, courts, and the State Health and Human Service system.
Her private practice, Healing from the Heart, is a multicultural, adult counseling service that provides individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy.
Her family served in the US Military for five generations, and Javelin herself served in the Oregon National Guard. As a result, she is familiar with military culture and lifestyles, and provides counseling services to military veterans and their families.
Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, women’s emotional health, trauma related to PTSD, and healing from substance abuse and dependence. She is certified in various trauma-informed methods. She ties Yoga and various relaxation methods into her treatment practice. She believes in a holistic approach to health.
The Girl Inside Me is available direct from the author, Javelin Hardy: