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Straight Talk about Child Abuse

Straight Talk about Child Abuse

by Susan Mufson

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School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-- An informative resource to help young people recognize abuse and take action to stop it. The book opens with a general discussion of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and provides clear definitions and composite case histories. The second chapter focuses on ways in which abuse shapes a person's life; the third chapter discusses why people choose not to get help, and how to aid an abused person. The last chapter lists hotlines, associations, and agencies that offer assistance. The authors provide not only the statistical side, but also the human aspect of abuse, and encourage readers to act. This book's strength lies not so much in its solid information, which is also found with variation in Hyde's Cry Softly: The Story of Child Abuse (Westminster, 1986), Haskins's Child Abuse Help Book (Addison-Wesley, 1981; o.p.), and Dolan's Child Abuse (Watts, 1980), but in its encouragement for teens facing abuse in their own lives or in the lives of others. A reaffirming guide that presents realistic options and support mechanisms for those in need of escape from self-destructive situations and behavior. --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland

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