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The Best Kept Secret: Sexual Abuse of Children Hardcover – October, 1980


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Trade; First Printing edition (October 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130747815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130747815
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,376,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "gsibbery" on June 8, 2000
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Florence Rush has done an excellent job in delineating the problem of the sexual abuse of children. If this book does nothing else, it may alert people, parents in particular, to the extent of the problem, the denial that often accompanies it, and certain strategies of defence. On the minus side, Rush seems to assume that nearly all the sexual abuse that occurs is perpetrated on females, and while she does devote one chapter to the sexual abuse of males, she seems to regard this as the exception rather than the rule (I find this odd, consodering that mosr abusers seem to be male, and sexual predators have been found almost invariably to have been victims of similar crimes themselves). Also was a rather pointless excerpt about why Lewis Carroll was not a child molester, but merely a bloke who liked little girls (? ). Anyway, the book is an excellent resource for everybody despite it's shortcomings, and should be read by all people, but parents in particular.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 15, 2013
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The history lessons in those first pages will stay with me forever.
The book arrived well packed and in the condition described within the time constraints of our agreement.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By glvr1 on November 1, 2013
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While dated, this book gives very interesting and persuasive insight into our sexualization of children, the history of acceptable child sexual abuse, and the impact on victims. It's a really great source for anyone seriously interested in the topic because it provides background, context, and personal anecdotes. It's also well-written enough that it is very easy to read. Great book.
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