GirlThrive and "Invisible Girls" reach out

Since the book Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse was published in 2006 it has helped thousands of girls to heal from sexual abuse. You have written hundreds of emails and reached out from all over the world. Because of the amazing response -Seal Press has released the Second Edition of Invisible Girls September 2009. We have added 100 pages - a new chapter on prostitution as sex abuse, another chapter with your emails and stories, and a new introduction. This edition even has an index. I am so proud of all of us! Together we are changing the culture of sex abuse and teaching the world that unfortunately the reality is that girls and young women are abused every day. The other reality is that these same girls are healing every day! To read reviews of the book and to place an order through Amazon, click here »»

Wonderful review, July 23, 2014

I cannot praise Dr. Patti Feuereisen’s book “Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse” enough, nor do I have the words to properly convey the profound respect I have for Dr. Feuereisen’s life legacy. She has a master’s degree in creative arts therapy as well as a doctorate in psychology, and uses her credentials to help young girls who have suffered rape, incest, and other types of sexual abuse. Her website,, is a medium through which young girls can post letters to Feuereisen about their abuse and she will respond. Her academic knowledge, her experience as a psychotherapist, combined with her nurturing, supportive, and empathetic character, make her a powerful ally and listener....... more from Jocy McKay's review, click here »»

About GirlThrive

(Photos sent to dr. patti from abuse survivors who are thriving and proud of themselves and of what they have overcome.) ©


We know that girls and young women heal from sexual abuse. I did not just want to write a book about healing and leave it at that. This website is a companion to the book, Invisible Girls. The website brings the book to life in connecting with others. The healing and communicating continues through the blog. The site offers more stories from more girls who have been reaching out to me for years. You will find authentic stories from real girls, helpful concrete information, web-links, and all kinds of helpful insights into sexual abuse and young women. We are reaching out to all teen girls and young women who have experienced sexual abuse, or who know someone who is a survivor, or who just want to know the truth about sexual abuse. We invite you to read other girls stories and my feedback, we invite you to enlighten us and to let us help you.

Our Thriverships help Girls Heal And Thrive Everyday! Please Join Us!

Girlthrive Inc. is the 501-C3 non-profit organization I set up in 2006. Girlthrive Inc. is the only organization to honor teen girls and young women who have survived incest and all sex abuse through thriverships, opportunity and education. Girlthrive Inc. empowers girls by helping with tuition for education and creative endeavors, laptop computers, funds kickboxing, art classes and more. Thriverships range between 300$ and 500$. For more info and ways to apply and also donate, click here »».

....xoxo, Dr. Patti.

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Aviva Rowley is a young photographer attending The Cooper Union School of Art. She donates her photos to this site in the spirit of helping all girls heal from their abuse.


This is not a therapy site. We do not give advice. We give information, feedback, hot-line numbers, helpful web links, book recommendations. We do not conduct psychotherapy on this site.

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