Some Secrets Hurt: A Story of Healing

Overview

The numbers are staggering: One in four girls will be sexually abused before they turn eighteen, and one in six boys. More than two-thirds of all reported victims of sexual abuse are younger than eighteen years old, and more than half of those are younger than twelve. Thirty percent of all children who are victims of sexual abuse will never tell anyone.

Some Secrets Hurt tells the story of Maggie, a young victim of sexual abuse who finds the ...
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Overview

The numbers are staggering: One in four girls will be sexually abused before they turn eighteen, and one in six boys. More than two-thirds of all reported victims of sexual abuse are younger than eighteen years old, and more than half of those are younger than twelve. Thirty percent of all children who are victims of sexual abuse will never tell anyone.

Some Secrets Hurt tells the story of Maggie, a young victim of sexual abuse who finds the courage to tell. It educates parent and child alike and encourages children to find the strength to tell if they are being victimized. It also gives parents a forum to discuss these sensitive issues with their children and find support and help if needed.

Some Secrets Hurt

includes a guide for parents and suggestions on what to do if your child has been sexually abused.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Maggie has a secret, and within the first few pages of this spare picture book, readers see that it makes her stomach hurt and makes her want to cry. She knows all about the danger of strangers but "strangers aren't the only people who can be dangerous." Someone—who looks in the illustrations like a big black shadow—is touching Maggie in ways that make her feel uncomfortable. She is scared to tell her parents, but she does; they believe her and hug her and it feels good. The story ends with standard advice about sexual abuse directed at the very young: touching is wrong if it makes you feel uncomfortable; trust your feelings; if it happens, get away and tell someone; telling protects other children; and "You will start to feel better soon." This didactic book is clearly designed to be read aloud as the basis of a more personal and detailed discussion. Pastel watercolor sketches make Maggie's anxiety palpable and show her behaving more confidently after she tells. Peter Ledwon's Mia's Secret (Tundra, 2006) covers similar territory but with more developed illustrations and with a fully realized child who solves her own dilemma on the way to getting her mother's help. Oralee Wachter's more nuanced No More Secrets for Me (Little, Brown, 1984) contains four engaging, short stories that depict a range of situations in which children encounter uncomfortable touching from adults and the youngsters, as well as the people they turn to for help, find appropriate resolutions.—Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606411353
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/16/2009
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,240,459
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Kay Garner grew up in a small town in southern Idaho. She studied at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho), receiving an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education in 1972. She and her husband, Marshall W. Garner, live in Sandy, Utah and are the parents of seven children. Marshall and Linda also have twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Writing is Linda's passion. She has written many stories and poems for children.

Because she loves to make a difference, she often writes about difficult subjects such as eating disorders, pornography, bully-ing, self worth, and sexual abuse.

D. Brandilyn Speth was born and raised in eastern Idaho. Her fondest childhood memories are of summers spent on her grandparents' ranch, where she learned responsibility and a love of nature. She attended Ricks College and later moved to Salt Lake City, where she completed a degree in Art and Visual Design at Salt Lake Community College. Brandilyn has worked in many areas in illustration and graphic design, but the role which she considers most enjoyable and rewarding is as the mother of three children.
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