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Invisible Target: Breaking the Cycle of Educator Sexual Abuse Paperback – March 3, 2015
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About the Author
Andrea Clemens received her master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston University and has spent the majority of her career working in higher education. Relating to her personal experience, she has been educating school faculty, students, parenting groups, administrators, and the general public about educator sexual abuse for over ten years. She has participated in both local and national radio, news, and television programs. Andrea is a member of the speaker’s bureau for S.E.S.A.M.E. (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct, and Exploitation), an organization dedicated to preventing sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment of students by teachers and school staff. She is also an instructor with the nonprofit organization KidSafe Foundation. She is thrilled to educate parents, mentors, and teachers about different ways to protect children from abuse. Although Andrea remains dedicated to being a single mother, a triathlete, and performing in various other roles, she continues to invest time and energy ensuring that schools can be safe environments for our children—free from harassment and abuse.
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Reading Clemens’ book was so empowering for me. Clemens is very poised, thoughtful and insightful and reading her words … for the first time in my life, I truly felt like someone else on this planet understood what I experienced and the feelings I had at the time and still struggle with, at times, today. I was amazed at how similar our stories were at times, and how different they were as well. I have read extensively on childhood sexual abuse and nothing I have read until this book adequately articulated the fear and shame I experienced. I have the utmost respect for Clemens and as the reader, rejoiced when the book ended and she described her life today – happy and successful and a strong advocate for others. While I was shaped by my abuse, I have never let it define me, and I have chosen, again and again, to rise above it and find peace with myself and the happiness I knew I deserved.
Clemens provides very thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter, directed at parents, students, educators and survivors. They are designed to make the reader explore difficult topics and open a dialogue with others – whether you are a student being “groomed”, a parent who suspects something or an educator/administrator looking to protect other students. Educator sexual abuse is an unfortunate reality and it needs to be talked about – Clemens’ memoir is just the tool to start the conversation. Pick up a copy, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
This book is more than just an account of one woman’s battle with educator sexual abuse; Invisible Target is a powerful resource that can help prevent sexual misconduct and abuse in schools. Andrea is a gifted writer that has created an amazing resource that should be read by anyone that wants to help keep children safe.
I applaud Andrea in her efforts to keep our children safe and for educating teachers and parents on the signs of abuse. This is a must read for parents, educators and anyone who deals with children.