Abuse/Survival Books for Children and Teens

Therapists and counselors recommend these titles time and again for abuse prevention and survival.


When Adults Hurt Children: Helping Children Heal from Abuse Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781577491521
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Published: Fairview Press - March 1st, 2005

This book helps victims express in pictures what they are unable to say in words.


It's My Body: A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch Cover Image
By Lory Freeman, Carol Deach (Illustrator)
$8.96
ISBN: 9780943990033
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Published: Parenting Press - January 1st, 1982

It's MY Body has been written in order to help adults and preschool children talk about sexual abuse together in a way which minimizes embarrassment and fear, but emphasizes self-reliance and open communication. You will not find specific references and stories about sexual abuse in this book. Preschool children are not ready for detailed discussions of this issue.


Loving Touches: A Book for Children about Positive, Caring Kinds of Touching Cover Image
By Lory Freeman, Carol Deach (Illustrator)
$8.96
ISBN: 9780943990200
Availability: Backordered
Published: Parenting Press - January 1st, 1986

Truly loving touches are as important to all of us as food and warmth. This gentle book helps children understand the kinds of touches they need, how to ask for a hug, a kiss or a lap to sit on, and how to respect other people's bodies. Includes people of various ages, ethnic groups and physical abilities. "Lovingly written, " comments one educator.


In Love and in Danger: A Teen's Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships Cover Image
$11.70
ISBN: 9781580051873
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 1st, 2006

A teen's guide to breaking free of abusive relationships.


Please Tell: A Child's Story about Sexual Abuse Cover Image
By Jessie
$9.86
ISBN: 9780894867767
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Published: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services - July 1st, 1991

Written and illustrated by a girl who was sexually molested by a family member, this book reaches out to other children by carrying Jessie's message "It's o.k. to tell; help can come when you tell."


How Long Does It Hurt?: A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, Their Friends, and Their Families Cover Image
By Cynthia L. Mather, Kristina E. Debye (With), Judy Wood (Illustrator)
$17.96
ISBN: 9780787975692
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Published: Jossey-Bass - October 27th, 2014

How Long Does It Hurt? is the revised and updated edition of the best-selling book written by an incest survivor for future survivors. This step-by-step guide speaks directly to victims of sexual abuse3/4to help them come to grips with what is happening to them and overcome their feelings of isolation, confusion, and self-doubt.


My Body Is Private Cover Image
$6.29
ISBN: 9780807553190
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - January 1st, 1984

A nicely illustrated and clearly written book for young children about privacy and a child's right to dictate what is okay and what isn't with their body.


It Happened to Me: A Teen's Guide to Overcoming Sexual Abuse Cover Image
$20.66
ISBN: 9781572242791
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - March 2nd, 2002

Whether sexual abuse happens in early childhood or just before leaving home, most trauma survivors find that the teenage and early adult years are crucial for their recovery. With the right kind of support, it's then that they have the motivation and capacity for insight that will let them begin the process of healing.


A Terrible Thing Happened Cover Image
$8.96
ISBN: 9781557987013
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Published: Magination Press - January 1st, 2000

Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got hi m in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the ter rible thing that he had tried to forget.


Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons) Cover Image
$8.75
ISBN: 9781553379690
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Published: Kids Can Press - February 1st, 2006

After a thump-bumping ride on a slide, a little girl and her dragon friend find themselves inside a fairy-tale book. The stories are familiar, and there's lots of silly fun as the dragon is transformed into fairy-tale characters. But danger lurks in the form of strangers -- including the hungry wolf from "Little Red Riding Hood" and Snow White's evil stepmother.


Something Is Wrong at My House: A Book about Parents' Fighting Cover Image
By Diane Davis, Keith R. Neely (Illustrator)
$8.96
ISBN: 9781884734656
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Published: Parenting Press - January 1st, 2010

A boy who lives with domestic violence finally has the courage to speak to an adult and ask for help.


When a Family Is in Trouble: Children Can Cope with Grief from Drug and Alcohol Addiction Cover Image
$8.96
ISBN: 9780962050275
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Published: Woodland Press (MN) - July 23rd, 1996

Heegaard, a registered art therapist and certified grief counselor created the Children Can Cope series of workbooks to help children work through feelings about traumatic events and changes using art.


Algo Anda Mal En Mi Casa Cover Image
By Diane Davis, Cynthia Jones (Translator), Marina Megale (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781884734403
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Published: Parenting Press - January 1st, 1998

Based on a true story, this brief book presents a child who seeks, and finally obtains, help in a domestic violence situation. Written in such a way that it can be used with toddlers as well as school-aged children, "Something Is Wrong at My House" provides brief text with illustrations on one page of each two-page spread, and more detailed information on the facing page.


Stopping the Pain: A Workbook for Teens Who Cut and Self-Injure Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781572246027
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Published: Instant Help Publications - March 1st, 2008

If you're cutting or hurting yourself you're not alone. Thousands of teens across the country think that hurting themselves is the only way they can feel better, even though they continue to feel alone and out of control.


Your Body Belongs to You Cover Image
$6.29
ISBN: 9780807594735
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - January 1st, 1997

Finding Sunshine After the Storm: A Workbook for Children Healing from Sexual Abuse Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9781572246348
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Published: Instant Help Publications - November 1st, 2008

When a child has experienced sexual abuse, he or she may struggle with low self-esteem and find it difficult to trust others. Though the mental damage from such abuse is significant, it can be substantially reversed if a caring adult is willing to dedicate a few minutes each day to helping the child heal.


Something Happened and I'm Scared to Tell: A Book for Young Victims of Abuse Cover Image
By Patricia Kehoe, Carol Deach (Illustrator)
$8.96
ISBN: 9780943990286
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Published: Parenting Press - January 1st, 1987

This title discusses, in simple terms, sexual and physical abuse, explains why adults may become abusive, and encourages children to report such abuse to a trusting adult.


Healing Days: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781433812934
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Published: Magination Press - May 18th, 2013

This story follows a child who has had an unspecified bad thing happen that is difficult to reveal, and is causing much distress. The child is given effective ways to deal with her/his feelings (strategies based on trauma-focused cognitive behavioral approaches) and begins to recover from the experience.


Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781438004532
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - June 1st, 2014

"Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery," by award-winning author Abby Sher, explores the global issue of human sex trafficking from a survivor's point of view. It recounts the harrowing stories of three courageous women Somaly Mam, Minh Dang, and Maria Suarez who were all forced into sexual slavery as children.