Dealing With Sexual Abuse: A Young Person's Insights

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Hannah has bravely shared her teenager diaries to provide rare insights into the experience of sexual abuse. She then writes of her ordeal in the criminal justice system, and the ongoing impacts of the abuse on her life, now aged 25. To conclude, she provides advice for abuse survivors and their supporters, and ideas for preventing abuse. More
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Review by: Ariana H on Dec. 10, 2014 :
Rape is something we don't want to talk about. We want to pretend it doesn't happen, and when it does happen, we like to pretend the perpetrator is a monster, someone we could recognize from a distance so that we can keep ourselves and the people we love safe. We especially want to pretend that parents don't rape their children, that this could happen for years without anyone knowing and being able to help. But it happens, it happens often, and it will keep happening until we stop pretending, open our eyes, and address the systemic failures that allowed Hannah's father to continue to sexually abuse her for 14 years, and that continue to protect abusers.

This book is partly made up of Hannah's diaries, which begin at 13, showing her struggle to understand what had been and continued to happen to her and her attempts to get help. The next parts detail her experience in the legal system, her ongoing difficulties, and her advice for victims abuse, advice for support people to be able to help, and advice for keeping people safe.

I recommend this book strongly and thank Hannah for sharing her experiences.
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Review by: Stephen on Nov. 24, 2014 : (no rating)
As a mental health professional and someone who experienced CSA as a 7 year old boy I flicked through the book initially but became drawn into it as I made my way down the content page. A very useful reference for workers and a great book for everyone else
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Review by: Paula on Aug. 03, 2014 :
This is the most valuable book on CSA I have read in Australia. Hannah's courage in sharing her story has provided lessons for our community on the reality of CSA, why kids find it difficult to understand this abuse and tell, why we need education in schools to give kids a voice, why teachers need more training and more accountability for identifying and reporting abuse. I commend Hannah on the ability to strive to achieve results in school and sports despite her great challenges such as the trauma and little sleep. Hannah is an inspiration and her courage is extraordinary and I wish her the best life in the future. I recommend her book strongly.
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Review by: tony parsons on May 29, 2014 :
My biological father was in an Army unit that liberated some of the WWII concentration camps. He defiantly suffered from shell shock (PTSD). My biological mother whom he met on R &R in London went back to her mother country when I was 4. Then along came my step-mother & an adopted sister, we endured his brutal wrath for many years. They really did not do a whole lot for kids back in those days. We did go to court but they just put me/sister into state custody (foster care). Parental rights you know.

Brings back long gone memories that will never go away, but since he is now deceased it will never ever happen again (closer).

Seems like darn near every one of my adult clients were victims of abuse of all sorts (physical, sexual, verbal). What is also not good is the elderly of abuse. Children were to of course.

Awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written informative book on being sexually abused. It was fairly easy to read/follow (diary) from start/finish & never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make great movie, animated cartoon, PP presentation or mini TV series. It was just OK for me, so I will rate it at 4/5 stars.
Thank you for the free book (Smashwords)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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