Dealing With Sexual Abuse

Dealing With Sexual Abuse : A Young Australian's Insights

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"How can you see bruises that massive and not care? Not even say, 'Is everything alright at home?'"

With a foreword by Professor Leah Bromfield (Co-Director, Australian Centre for Child Protection), this beautifully illustrated book provides a young person's devastating account of 'slipping through the cracks' of the child protection, education and support systems.

Hannah has bravely shared her teenage diaries to provide rare insights into the experience of child abuse in the family home. She describes her criminal justice system ordeal after reporting the abuse to police, and the ongoing impacts of the abuse on her life. To conclude, Hannah provides her advice for those who are supporting young people who have been abused. She also outlines her ideas for system reform so that children are better protected than she was.

Re-released in January 2020, this comprehensive book has been widely used by practitioners in the fields of child protection, youth work, mental health, counselling, education (primary, secondary and tertiary), abuse prevention, criminal justice and policy reform; as well as by parents, carers and abuse survivors. The book contains beautiful colour illustrations which were donated for use by Sarah Millicent Elliott.


Key words: Sexual abuse, child abuse, young people, grooming, stop child abuse, criminal justice system, policy makers, Australia, Kids Helpline, abuse prevention, child protection, sexual assault, abuse education, post-traumatic stress disorder, therapy, counselling, health practitioner.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 476g
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 0994315805
  • 9780994315809
  • 106,424

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"There has been a profound response to the story of Hannah's loneliness in the years her father repeatedly raped her and her bravery in bringing him to justice." Paige Taylor, The Australian Newspaper

"Reading Hannah's diary -entries about her attempts at disclosure and help-seeking, written while the abuse was ongoing, was devastating. It is these missed -opportunities that stick with me the most from this book." Professor Leah Bromfield, Australian Centre for Child Protection.
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