’I feel this book should be read by as many people as possible to create a societal understanding of an area so often ignored or neglected.’
Title: Breaking Free: Help for survivors of child sex abuse
Authors: Kay Toom and Carolyn Ainscough
Publisher: Sheldon Press
Reviewer: Nicole South, senior lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University
What was it like?
Personally I found this book difficult to read at times, however its contents challenged my perceived understanding of issues within the area of child sexual abuse. The sensitivity of which it is written made it informative as well as emotive, with personal stories shared and practical advice on the management of panic attacks. In my opinion this book provides a practical understanding of the subject and aims to support those who have lived through this harrowing ordeal.
What were the highlights?
This book focuses on the human ability to survive, heal and grow. Having sold 100,000 copies this 2018 edition now includes additional information on the symptoms and trauma of PTSD. Furthermore this edition includes further information around prevalence, prevention and reporting systems, highlighting the development of societal understanding in the area of child sexual abuse.
Strengths & weaknesses:
A strength of this edition is that it includes updates on reporting sexual abuse and child protection procedures. Additionally this book is written as a tool to help individuals and provides workable suggestions to manage the impact of child sexual abuse on individual life.
Who should read it?
I feel this book should be read by as many people as possible to create a societal understanding of an area so often ignored or neglected.
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