Please Tell: A Child's Story About Sexual Abuse Paperback – Jul 1 1991
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Nine year old Jessie's words and illustrations help other sexually abused children know that they're not alone, that it's OK to talk about their feelings, and that the abuse wasn't their fault. Reaching out to other children in a way that no adult can, Jessie's words carry the message, "It's o.k. to tell; help can come when you tell." Please Tell! is an excellent tool for therapists, counselors, child protection workers, teachers, and parents dealing with children affected by sexual abuse. Jessie's story adds a sense of hope for what should be, and the knowledge that the child protection system can work for children. Simple, direct, and from the heart, Jessie gives children the permission and the courage to deal with sexual abuse.
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It's the best help for helpers.
The book doesn't tell children how to navigate through the mess that results from telling about abuse, nor is it meant to do so. The fact is that children who disclose sexual abuse - or abuse of any kind - may not be treated as wonderfully as the author was - a truly ugly fact about our child protection services, law enforcement response, and involvement with the Prosecutor's office. This doesn't mean that children shouldn't tell about their abuse - it just means that the system is set up to punish perpetrators, and defense attorneys are in place to protect alleged perpetrators, which means that children often get ground up in this system. There is a need for a book that helps children through that process - I often think about writing one! Children often tell me that they feel like they are the ones being punished by placement in foster care and having to testify. Again - this book does not deal with these issues, nor is it meant to do so. This is why it needs to be a professional resource - so that we can help line up the support the child needs after they disclose the abuse. It is, however, an excellent resource for professionals who suspect that a child's aberrant behaviors are linked to non-disclosed sexual abuse, and need to provide their client with support to Please Tell.
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