Sexual abuse is something that many of our students face daily, but I bet most of us teachers and teacher-librarians are unaware of this happening in their lives. This book will provide students facing this kind of abuse with a message of "I am not alone" in the world, "I am not the only one facing this." I believe this is a very important message for students to hear in order to seek help and to heal. Though some of the personal stories are simplistic, the book provides a safe place for students to explore the issues and possible ways of resolving them. In addition, it provides report writers with ideas and perspectives on the topic of abuse. After each of the student stories, there is an adult voice providing additional insight and suggestions, including whom to talk to, places to get additional information and strategies to use to cope. Because of the topic, teacher-librarians need to make sure that cataloging is thorough, since many students may feel intimidated by speaking to someone and requesting this information. KLIATT Codes: JS-Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Lighthouse Point Press, 141p. bibliog., Ages 12 to 18.
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Gr 4 Up-Young people and adults who were victims of sexual abuse as children tell their powerful stories, exposing the manipulation and shame that trapped and silenced them. They detail the personal and emotional effects of their abuse, and relate how they found help and started toward recovery. Some come from intact families; some from the foster-care system. Some were abused by strangers, others by family members. Some are boys, and some are girls. Their stories are presented without salacious detail, but with straightforward honesty. Foltz follows each individual's account with a brief commentary. She points out common elements of abuse and consistently counsels against remaining silent. Children are urged to find a trusted adult who believes them. Cynthia MacGregor's Stranger Danger, Staying Safe by Saying No, and Staying Safe at Home and On-Line (all Rosen, 1999) cover similar ground in a more instructional manner, without the emphasis on first-person narrative that gives Kids Helping Kids its unique edge.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.