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Smashwords book reviews by jillian wolf
- Child Molestation Stories: Voices of Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (Molestation, Rape, and Incest)
on April 20, 2012
Child Molestation Stories: Voices of Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse is a primer for those who lack basic understanding about child sexual abuse and the ability to empathize with the abused. For this purpose, I feel like it's a great resource and would be a wonderful read for those that lack this foundational knowledge. For those that already have that knowledge, they are going to require more in-depth reading.
This is a very, very short ebook. It is not an encompassing understanding of the subject of child abuse. It is a very basic book written in layman's terms to explain basic concepts about child sexual abuse to someone who may be in a state that doesn't allow them to delve deeper into the material.
With that said, my main criticism is that the book is way too short. It allows for material that triggers people but doesn't guide them forward other than instructing them to find a counselor. For me, that is a worrisome construct because they have to be able to calm down enough to hit that step. I guess it's a precarious balance in that I worry that the people getting the book will not be self-aware enough to take that step and understand that they are triggered. Perhaps I am not giving them enough credit. Hence, I'm going to give this a neutral review and say that the book, on its own merits, is excellent material but if you buy it, please be aware of your own boundaries and take the author's advice to seek help immediately if you feel uncomfortable with your responses to the material.