At one point, Jelena Dokic, now 34, was the number 4 ranked female tennis player in the world. Her father drove her to achieve tennis greatness cruelly and relentlessly from the time she was a young child.
Dokic recounts her journey in exhaustive detail in “Unbreakable,” a book written with Jessica Halloran, an Australian journalist, and set to be released in paperback in the United States on Feb. 1. It’s a chilling account of the harsh physical, verbal and emotional abuse Dokic says she suffered from her father as she ascended the ranks of junior and professional tennis.
Her story is poignantly oresented in a recent NY Times article.
The effects of childhood abuse are often hidden. They are discusssed in great detail by Dr. Anna Louise Kirkengen in her book (available for the Kindle), “The Lived Experience of Violation: How Abused Children Become Unhealthy Adults.” Kirkengen summarized the subject in an article "How Abused Children Become Unhealthy Adults." Download Kirkengen Negative Alchemy.
Strangely, in Jelena’s case, the abuse was hidden in plain sight and went on for many years before she fled her father. This is similar to some degree in the way Dr. Nassar’s abuse of the young gymnasts was allowed to continue. Maybe, success at sport (or some other endeavor) allows the abuse to proceed.