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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Early Steps
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 1 edition (July 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894867768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894867767
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nine year old Jessie's words and illustrations help other sexually abused children know that they're not alone, that it's OK to talk about their feelings, and that the abuse wasn't their fault. Reaching out to other children in a way that no adult can, Jessie's words carry the message, "It's o.k. to tell; help can come when you tell." Please Tell! is an excellent tool for therapists, counselors, child protection workers, teachers, and parents dealing with children affected by sexual abuse. Jessie's story adds a sense of hope for what should be, and the knowledge that the child protection system can work for children. Simple, direct, and from the heart, Jessie gives children the permission and the courage to deal with sexual abuse.

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I highly recommend reading this book to your children.
K. Benson
A therapist recommended this book and it helps children cope with the trauma of sexual abuse.
Martha Chavez
I recommend this book for therapists working with children of abuse and families.
C. McCuan

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. McCuan on January 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a counselor and recently adopted a little girl who suffered unspeakable abuse. This book assisted her in being able to talk with her therapist about her abuse so that her healing could begin. The fact that the book is written by a child allows children to relate on their level. I recommend this book for therapists working with children of abuse and families.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm really impressed with this book. It's told in the first person by a little girl who is sexually abused by her uncle in terms that a young child can understand. It discusses how she is supported by her family, and how it is seeing a psychologist. It really does a good job of destigmatizing sexual abuse. It also encourages children who have been (or are being) abused to keep telling trusted adults about it until someone helps them. In the back it also provides a fairly long list of people who it is okay to tell.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Carmen M. Silva Franco on July 7, 2007
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Please Tell is one of the most amazing help I ever had with my clients. My youth get a comfort when they read this story. They don't feel alone any more, because another girl like them had the same bad experience. Then, they feel confident to talk about their own abuse.
It's the best help for helpers.
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I have owned this book since it came out in 1991, and I use it as a therapeutic tool to help children talk about their sexual abuse. It reaches out to sexually abused children in a way that books written by adults simply cannot because the child-author wrote it as part of her post-disclosure counseling. While the publisher states it's an excellent resource for nonprofessionals, I would strongly disagree! The story is intense - the author's uncle molested her, threatened that bad things would happen if she told, and then is arrested. The child finds out that her parents still love and support her, and the system actually works to support her and incarcerate the abuser. Children who have been sexually abused experience the author's emotions, and are not terrified by the story, while using this book with a child who hasn't been sexually abused has the potential to frighten and disgust him/her. This is why it needs to be used by MH professionals working with children. We are the ones who are trained to assess the situation, determine if using the book is appropriate with a particular child/client, and then help children deal with the guilt and shame caused by disclosing their secret of abuse.

The book doesn't tell children how to navigate through the mess that results from telling about abuse, nor is it meant to do so. The fact is that children who disclose sexual abuse - or abuse of any kind - may not be treated as wonderfully as the author was - a truly ugly fact about our child protection services, law enforcement response, and involvement with the Prosecutor's office.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Huntsman on March 4, 2008
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As a child therapist, this book is very useful when working with most child victims of sexual abuse. It is a way to help them open up about their own feelings by relating their story to Jessie's story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Benson on March 24, 2010
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Good book to read with your children when they have been abused. It helped our son be able to share with his feelings with me. I highly recommend reading this book to your children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Vue on December 15, 2010
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This is an excellent book to use in educating and empowering our children. Child sex abuse is a rampant society problem and it happens so so so so much more than we know or think. One of the most important things is to make sure children are aware that people who they know are way more likely to perpetrate against them than someone who is a complete stranger. This book succeeds in getting this message across. It also confirms for the child that he/she is NOT to blame, another very important thing.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gina L. Parker on April 12, 2011
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This book is really intense and I did not share it with the person it was intended for. The child who tells the story tells about how her parents had the uncle arrested for what he did to her. I agree with the Uncle getting arrested and thats a necessary consequence. Some Children who have been abused are very angry and want the abuser to be stopped in this way, usually children that have been abused by an adult, or an extended family member/friend. Other Children are afraid for the abuser and won't tell if they know the abuser will go to jail. The person this book was intended for is the second of the two and I believe this book will only cause them to not talk even more. The person this book was intended for was abused by another Child. I didn't feel that this book was what they needed
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