From the Author
I wrote this book because I realized that parents whose children have been sexually abused needed some clear, simple assistance in coping with this incredibly tough issue. I added a Spanish version to make it useful to a wider audience. This book is dedicated to all the clients - children, adult survivors, and parents - who have done me the honor of sharing their stories and their pain with me over the years. I hope it will help other parents and their children to have a successful healing journey.
From the Inside Flap
This guide is meant to help you deal specifically with your child's emotions and behaviors. It is not intended as a means to discover whether or not your child has been sexually abused, and none of the effects discussed should be taken as proof of abuse. For example, abused children fequently have nightmares, but so do many other children. This guide assumes that you have already been through the intial stages of shock and disbelief and that you now know that your child was abused. This book is not a substitute for professional help. Whenever a child is abused, whatever the circumstances, families are under tremendous stress. This is not a do-it-yourself project. This guide will help you to find a therapist who is experienced and skilled in working with children and families and who is particularly knowledgeable about sexual abuse.