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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (July 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894867768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894867767
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 22.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on May 2 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm really impressed with this book. It's told in the first person by a little girl who is sexually abused by her uncle in terms that a young child can understand. It discusses how she is supported by her family, and how it is seeing a psychologist. It really does a good job of destigmatizing sexual abuse. It also encourages children who have been (or are being) abused to keep telling trusted adults about it until someone helps them. In the back it also provides a fairly long list of people who it is okay to tell.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Please Tell Jan. 15 2009
By C. McCuan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a counselor and recently adopted a little girl who suffered unspeakable abuse. This book assisted her in being able to talk with her therapist about her abuse so that her healing could begin. The fact that the book is written by a child allows children to relate on their level. I recommend this book for therapists working with children of abuse and families.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
teaches kids how to tell May 2 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm really impressed with this book. It's told in the first person by a little girl who is sexually abused by her uncle in terms that a young child can understand. It discusses how she is supported by her family, and how it is seeing a psychologist. It really does a good job of destigmatizing sexual abuse. It also encourages children who have been (or are being) abused to keep telling trusted adults about it until someone helps them. In the back it also provides a fairly long list of people who it is okay to tell.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Best help to help July 7 2007
By Carmen M. Silva Franco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Please Tell is one of the most amazing help I ever had with my clients. My youth get a comfort when they read this story. They don't feel alone any more, because another girl like them had the same bad experience. Then, they feel confident to talk about their own abuse.
It's the best help for helpers.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource for mental health professionals working with a child who is afraid to talk about sexual abuse Jan. 29 2013
By Counselor Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have owned this book since it came out in 1991, and I use it as a therapeutic tool to help children talk about their sexual abuse. It reaches out to sexually abused children in a way that books written by adults simply cannot because the child-author wrote it as part of her post-disclosure counseling. While the publisher states it's an excellent resource for nonprofessionals, I would strongly disagree! The story is intense - the author's uncle molested her, threatened that bad things would happen if she told, and then is arrested. The child finds out that her parents still love and support her, and the system actually works to support her and incarcerate the abuser. Children who have been sexually abused experience the author's emotions, and are not terrified by the story, while using this book with a child who hasn't been sexually abused has the potential to frighten and disgust him/her. This is why it needs to be used by MH professionals working with children. We are the ones who are trained to assess the situation, determine if using the book is appropriate with a particular child/client, and then help children deal with the guilt and shame caused by disclosing their secret of abuse.

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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good Book for Child Abuse Families to Read March 24 2010
By K. Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Good book to read with your children when they have been abused. It helped our son be able to share with his feelings with me. I highly recommend reading this book to your children.


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