Suggested Readings

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There are many great books and videos available to help enlighten you about child sexual abuse and how to educate yourselves and protect your children. The list below is just a handful of those that we have read and have found to be most helpful. If you have additional suggestions, please let us know by emailing us at: info@raace.org.

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For Parents & Adults

The Monster's Game

The Monster's Game, by @LittleGirl1413

The Monster's Game takes you on an emotional and heartbreaking, yet powerful journey from the author’s early childhood where she had been sexually abused, to almost 50 years later to the mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter and friend who still struggles with the effects of that abuse. Through the use of poetry, she breaks her silence and speaks out about her abuse and the abuse of children everywhere. Littlegirl413 emerges as strong and triumphant as she delivers punch by punch blows to her abusers and those who turn a blind eye.

No More Stolen Childhoods, by D. Wayne Coffey

This book was written to change the public perception about childhood sexual abuse and to help those abused find fulfillment in their permanently scarred lives.

Abused Boys

Abused Boys - The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse, by Mic Hunter

A long overdue book by a psychologist who has extensive clinical experience treating male victims of child sexual abuse, it explodes the myth that sexual abuse of male children is rare, or that the consequences are less serious than for girls. Hunter examines the physical and emotional impact of abuse on its victims and the factors affecting recovery. With personal case histories of victims and their families, this is a powerfully written and meticulously researched book that is a landmark in the field of child sexual abuse literature.

No Secrets No Lies

No Secrets, No Lies, by Robin D. Stone

This is a powerful and daringly honest resource guide for families seeking to understand, prevent, and overcome childhood sexual abuse and its devastating impact on adult survivors. No Secrets, No Lies demystifies the cultural taboos and social dynamics that keep Black families silent and enable abuse to continue for generations.

The Courage to Heal

The Courage to Heal - A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis

This is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.

The Missing Voice

The Missing Voice, Written by Mothers of Incest Victims - Sandi Ashley

The Safe Child Book

The Safe Child Book, by Sherryll Kraizer

It's the most urgent and highly publicized issue facing America's family: how to teach our children to protect themselves in any situation. Based on the author's successful education workshop, which has been in operation since 1969 and has educated more than 50, 000 parents and children nationwide, The Safe Child Book gives parents effective and nonthreatening techniques for teaching children how to protect themselves without making them afraid.

For Children Under 13

Amazing You!

Amazing You!, by Gail Saltz

Here is a picture book designed especially for young children who are becoming aware of their bodies, but aren't ready to learn about sexual intercourse. Written with warmth and honesty, Amazing You! presents clear and age-appropriate information about reproduction, birth, and the difference between girls' and boys' bodies.

Age Range: 3 and up

Wow! It's Great Being a Duck

Wow! It's Great Being a Duck, by Joan Rankin

Lillee won't learn to swim or fly -- she'd much rather stay on land. While her brothers and sisters are learning how to use their webs in the water, little Lillee waddles off into the woods. There, she meets a furry friend who shows her what delicious edibles lie in the forest. Before too long, though, Lillee realizes that this furry-legged, long-tailed, sharp-snouted, pink-tongued fox is just the creature Mother Duck had warned her about! Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Please Tell!

Please Tell!: A Child's Story, by Jessie Ottenweller

Written and illustrated by a young girl who was sexually molested by a family member, this book reaches out to other children in a way that no adult can. Jessie's words carry the message, "It's OK to tell; help can come when you tell."

This book is an excellent tool for therapists, counselors, child protection workers, teachers, and parents dealing with children affected by sexual abuse.

Age Range: 4 and up

A Very Touching Book

A Very Touching Book...for Little People and for Big People, by Jan Hindman

"Jan Hindman's book is an excellent way to introduce even the youngest children to the idea of their sexual rights. It goes through the proper terms for male and female sexual anatomy and does a good job of addressing the embarrassment often goes with these words in a humorous way. There are simple, no-nonsense cartoons of naked adults and children to clarify the body part discussion - very important because if a child is sexually abused he or she needs to name the body parts involved correctly."

Age Range: 4 and up

To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth, by Brian Ogawa

Introduces police prosecution and court proceedings for children who are called to be witnesses, including grand jury and preliminary hearing processes and child advocacy activities.

Age Range: 5-9 years

What's the Big Secret?

What's the Big Secret? Talking About Sex with Girls and Boys, by Laurie Krasny Brown.

Are boys and girls different on the inside? How do you tell girls and boys apart? Do girls and boys have the same feelings? Is sex a dirty word? Where do babies come from? What does being pregnant mean?

Age Range: 5-9 years

Lost in Cyberspace

The Berenstain Bears Lost in CyberSpace, by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Get ready to enter Cyberspace. When wealthy Squire Grizzly gives each member of Teacher Bob's class a computer to do with as they will, all rules fly out the window--and the cubs' grades go south. Will the cubs get whiplash as they zoom along the information superhighway? Bear Country fans will love finding out.

Age Range: 8-10 years

It's Perfectly Normal

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris

For two decades, this universally acclaimed book on sexuality has been the most trusted and accessible resource for kids, parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone else who cares about the well-being of tweens and teens. Now, in honor of its anniversary, It’s Perfectly Normal has been updated with information on subjects such as safe and savvy Internet use, gender identity, emergency contraception, and more.

Age Range: 10 and up

 

For Teenagers

The Girl's Body Book

Growing up isn’t as easy as it looks. With changing emotions, friends, expectations, and bodies, some days it can seem like life is one big roller coaster ride. The Girl’s Body Book is here to help with expert advice, common sense tips, fast facts, and answers to all questions a girl might have. Topics include: from hair care to high heels, a head to toe guide to what’s happening with your changing body, dealing with your friends even when they don’t want to deal with you – and how to handle “mean girls”.

The Boy's Body Book

Growing up isn’t as easy as it looks. With changing emotions, friends, expectations, and bodies, some days it can seem like life is one big roller coaster ride. The Boy’s Body Book is here to help with expert advice, common sense tips, fast facts, and answers to all questions a boy might have. Topics include: from hair care to athlete’s foot, a head to toe guide to what’s happening with your changing body, basketball football, soccer, chess — how you can excel no matter what you like to do.

A Safe Place Beyond Sexual Abuse

A Safe Place Beyond Sexual Abuse, by Jan Morrison

A sobering number of teens have been sexually abused themselves or know someone who has been abused. Responding to this terrible reality, A Safe Place effectively addresses the issues, beliefs, and coping mechanisms triggered by sexual abuse in adolescent lives. Through personal stories of teens, a welcoming tone, and practical exercises, this book encourages readers to “travel” with abused teens on a journey out of pain and shame into healing and freedom.

How Long Does it Hurt?

How Long Does it Hurt?, by Cynthia Mather & Kristina Debye

The revised and updated edition of the best-selling book written by an incest survivor for future survivors. This step-by-step guide speaks directly to victims of sexual abuse to help them come to grips with what is happening to them and overcome their feelings of isolation, confusion, and self-doubt.