Overcoming Abuse: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Protection: A Guide for Parents Caregivers and HelpersReina DavisonWestBow Press / 2019 / Trade Paperback$15.26 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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RMann5 Stars Out Of 5An Absolute must read for all who care for children!February 13, 2020RMannQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reina Davison's manual for parents, caregivers, and helpers is a guide to protecting children in a world full of dangers and a resource to better their health and wellbeing, specifically for protection against bad touch and child sexual assault. It is one of the best faith-based guides I've ever read. It directs parents and caregivers in how to instil a child's sense of pride in their bodies. It explains why they are here, how they are made by God and how special each one is. Even to a sense of ownership of their bodies. And while they may be small and helpless, they can still feel empowered to say no to touch and to people that make them feel uncomfortable. This is great news to a small person who is at the mercy of grownups most of the time. But it also encourages them to resist uncomfortable and or unwanted attention from peers.
This book has really changed the way I think of children. I've always seen them as cute, precious and unique little people but I've not really thought about how vulnerable and fragile they are. They are not property, they are people in development stages, which is not something I had consciously thought about. In their small developing stages, which the author so clearly defines, even small traumas can have a great impact on the eventual adult stage of their life. In the book, the author makes an excellent case for how God feels about how we as parents and adults take the responsibility of protecting and teach a child about God and how much He loves them.
How we feel about children and care for them is a priceless responsibility that has a lasting impact on not only the children but society as a whole. This book offers concrete plans and knowledge on how to protect children in a digital age where bad things and bad people are constantly trying to gain access to future generations that will shape society. This is a cause that needs to be taken up by all parents, family members and helpers. The author gives great guidelines on how to do that; including how to address the child on the issues at hand in an age-appropriate way.
But also, what to do and say to a child that has already encountered bad touch or worse. She gives excellent advice on how to approach the victim and also the perpetrator in a biblically healthy way that can lead to healing and overcoming the trauma of CSA. This is one of the most comprehensive guides to a healthy faith-based compassionate but firm approach to dealing with a very difficult subject.
Thank you, Reina Davison.
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