About the Book
“Current statistics show that one out of every four girls and one out of every six boys will be sexually abused by the time they reach adulthood. People who sexually abuse children are rarely strangers to the child victim. In fact, the abuser is most often well known to the child (i.e. a relative, family friend, or neighbor). Abusers can be male or female; adult or juvenile; of any race, religion, or socio-economic status.”- Parent Handbook distributed by the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center
“Maggie has a secret. Some secrets feel good inside, like a birthday surprise, or doing a good deed, or knowing something special. Maggie’s secret is not a happy secret, though. It doesn’t feel good inside. In fact, it hurts. Sometimes Maggie has a sick feeling in her stomach. Sometimes she feels sad or scared or angry. Sometimes she wants to run away and hide. Sometimes she cries. . . . Maggie doesn’t want to share her secret with anyone because it’s embarrassing and personal. She doesn’t want anyone to know. She thinks it is her fault. It’s not Maggie’s fault, but she doesn’t know that. She is afraid to tell because she doesn’t want to get in trouble. She thinks her Mom and Dad will be mad at her. She wonders if they will believe her . . .”
Some Secrets Hurt, an illustrated picture book, was written to educate and open the lines of communication between parent and child, and to encourage children to find the strength to tell if they are being victimized. It will also give parents a forum for discussing these sensitive issues with their children and finding support and help if needed. This book includes a Parent’s Guide and suggestions on what to do.