Best Child Abuse Books
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1. Spilled Milk: Based on a true story
Author: by K.L Randis
Published at: K.L Randis (June 7, 2013)
Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call to social services about the escalating brutality in her home. When they jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father’s secret, it’s a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she’s been hiding.
In her pursuit for safety and justice Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home, and she risks losing the support of family, coming to the realization that some people simply do not want to be saved.
Spilled Milk is a novel of shocking narrative, triumph and resiliency.
2. God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
Author: by Justin S. Holcomb
Published at: New Growth Press; First edition (September 8, 2015)
God Made Every Part of You! It’s easy to convey the message to children that their bodies or particular parts of their bodies are shameful. This misconception fuels confusion, embarrassment, and secrecy, and often prevents children from recognizing or reporting sexual abuse.
God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about these sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, the home is the ideal environment where a child should learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others.
God Made All of Me starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth to kids and their bodies. It equips parents to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others.
God Made All of Me allows families to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes. God Made All of Me is the first children’s book written by Rid of My Disgrace authors Justin and Lindsey Holcomb.
3. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook — What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing
Author: by Bruce D Perry
Published at: Basic Books; 3rd edition (August 29, 2017)
In this instant classic of developmental psychology, a renowned psychiatrist examines the effect that trauma can have on a child, reveals how PTSD impacts the developing mind, and outlines the path to recovery. What happens when a young brain is traumatized?
How does terror, abuse, or disaster affect a child’s mind – and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence.
In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry tells their stories of trauma and transformation through the lens of science, revealing the brain’s astonishing capacity for healing. Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate, insightful strategies for rehabilitation, Perry explains what exactly happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress – and reveals the unexpected measures that can be taken to ease a child’s pain and help him grow into a healthy adult.
4. A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
Author: by Dave Pelzer
Published at: Health Communications Inc; Reissue edition (September 1, 1995)
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games-games that left him nearly dead.
He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.” Dave’s bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy.
When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive-dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.
5. The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity
Author: by Nadine Burke Harris M.D.
Published at: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 2019)
An extraordinary, eye-opening book. People 2018 National Health Information Awards, Silver Award A rousing wake-up call … This highly engaging, provocative book prove[s] beyond a reasonable doubt that millions of lives depend on us finally coming to terms with the long-term consequences of childhood adversity and toxic stress.
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diegoa boy who had stopped growing after a sexual assaultwho galvanized her journey to uncover the connections between toxic stress and lifelong illnesses.
The stunning news of Burke Harris’s research is just how deeply our bodies can be imprinted by ACEsadverse childhood experiences like abuse, neglect, parental addiction, mental illness, and divorce. Childhood adversity changes our biological systems, and lasts a lifetime. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the fascinating scientific insight and innovative, acclaimed health interventions in The Deepest Well represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for generations to come.
6. The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story
Author: by David Crow
Published at: Sandra Jonas Publishing (October 14, 2019)
Spur Award Winner for Best Western First Nonfiction Book Spur Award Finalist for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction IPPY Silver Award for Best Memoir Next Generation Indie Award for Best Memoir (Overcoming Adversity) International Book Award for Best True Crime Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal, Nonfiction DramaA violent ex-con forces his son to commit crimes in this unforgettable memoir about family and survival.
Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad, a self-taught Cherokee who loved to tell his children about his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lieseven murder.
Intimidating David with beatings, Thurston coerced his son into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him. Through sheer determination, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to refuse his father’s criminal demands, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a deadly showdown with Thurston Crow.
7. The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 20th Anniversary Edition
Author: by Ellen Bass
Published at: William Morrow Paperbacks; Revised, Expanded, Anniversary edition (November 4, 2008)
Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the futureThe Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a childand to those who care about her.
Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors’ extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally.
This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features:Contemporary research on trauma and the brainAn overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practicesAdditional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiencesThe reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty yearsThe most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the fieldInsights from the authors’ decades of experienceCherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse.
8. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
Author: by Dave Pelzer
Published at: Health Communications; Revised edition (August 1, 1997)
Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just begining – he has no place to call home.
This is Dave Pelzer’s long-awaited sequel to A Child Called “It”. In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes.
He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a “real” family. Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing – the love of a family.
9. Rising Above: A Green Beret's Story of Childhood Trauma and Ultimate Healing
Author: by Sean J. Rogers
Published at: Houndstooth Press (February 15, 2021)
A simple car accident changed the path of six-year-old Sean Rogers’s life forever. His single mother checked into the hospital as a vibrant young woman and checked out as a full-blown opioid addict. From that day forward, Sean’s life became a silent nightmare of abuse, neglect, chronic hunger, and slow, helpless withdrawal from everything and everyone he loved.
In Rising Above, Green Beret Sean Rogers chronicles the toughest battle of his life: the long, painful fight to confront his darkest fears and reclaim his life. After struggling as a young man to accept the raw trauma of his past, he eventually learned to understand and embrace it, ultimately using it to become an elite Special Forces operator.
Through this profoundly honest and inspiring memoir, Rogers explores what it means to make the pain of your past work for you, showing you how to harness the truth of your own reality and take control of your destiny.
10. Recovering from Narcissistic Mothers: A Daughter's Guide
Author: by Brenda Stephens LPCC
Published at: Rockridge Press (January 5, 2021)
Validation, compassion, and guidance for relationships with narcissistic mothers As the daughter of a mother with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), it may have been difficult to receive the validation and nurturing needed to recognize your valuebut there’s a road to recovery.
Recovering from Narcissistic Mothers is filled with guidance and evidence-based strategies for recognizing what narcissistic abuse is, understanding its effect on your life and core identity, and establishing healthy relationships moving forward. Learn how to navigate communication to protect yourself from the manipulation you’ve experienced.
Discover tools for processing your emotions, creating and maintaining boundaries, breaking the cycle of narcissistic abuse, and taking care of yourself.You are not alone! Recovering from Narcissistic Mothers includes: An introduction to NPDGain a deeper understanding of what NPD is, what causes it, how to identify it, and the different ways in which it manifests.
11. Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
Author: by Susan Forward
Published at: Bantam; Reprint edition (January 2, 2002)
Are you the child of toxic parents? When you were a child… Did your parents tell you you were bad or worthless? Did your parents use physical pain to discipline you? Did you have to take care of your parents because of their problems?
Were you often frightened of your parents? Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret? Now that you’re an adult… Do your parents still treat you as if you were a child? Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents?
Do your parents control you with threats or guilt? Do they manipulate you with money? Do you feel that no matter what you do, it’s never good enough for your parents? In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.
12. Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters
Author: by Susan Forward
With Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters, Susan Forward, Ph.D., author of the smash #1 bestseller Toxic Parents, offers a powerful look at the devastating impact unloving mothers have on their daughtersand provides clear, effective techniques for overcoming that painful legacy.
In more than 35 years as a therapist, Forward has worked with large numbers of women struggling to escape the emotional damage inflicted by the women who raised them. Subjected to years of criticism, competition, role-reversal, smothering control, emotional neglect and abuse, these women are plagued by anxiety and depression, relationship problems, lack of confidence, and difficulties with trust.
They doubt their worth, and even their ability to love. Forward examines the Narcissistic Mother, the Competitive Mother, the Overly Enmeshed mother, the Control Freak, Mothers who need Mothering, and mothers who abuse or fail to protect their daughters from abuse.
Filled with compelling case histories, Mothers Who Can’t Love outlines the self-help techniques Forward has developed to transform the lives of her clients, showing women how to overcome the pain of childhood and how to act in their own best interests.
13. A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
Author: by Dave Pelzer
Published at: Plume; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
A Man Named Dave, which has sold over 1 million copies, is the gripping conclusion to Dave Pelzer’s inspirational and New York Times bestselling trilogy of memoirs that began with A Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy.”All those years you tried your best to break me, and I’m still here.
One day you’ll see, I’m going to make something of myself.” These words were Dave Pelzer’s declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave’s father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine.
This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted toand nearly did. The more than two million readers of Pelzer’s New York Times and international bestselling memoirs A Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy know that he lived to tell his courageous story.
With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.
14. Enslaved: My True Story of Survival
Author: by Emily Vaughn
Published at: HarperElement (May 4, 2021)
A heartbreaking memoir from a girl who escaped county line trafficking only to become prey to other abusersEmily has always felt like an outsider, so when a family friend takes her under his wing she is delighted. But soon it becomes clear that his motives are not all they seem.
At the age of 11, Emily is groomed into being a county lines’ drug trafficker. It is the beginning of a vicious cycle that sees her become prey to one abuser after another, involving a huge child-sex-trafficking gang. The scale of the abuse at the hands of hundreds of men is sickening, and at times it feels like there will never be an escape.
But then, in the darkest of moments, a ray of light shines This is the moving true story of how one girl overcame her traumatic past and learned to love for the very first time.
15. Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Author: by Dan B. Allender
Published at: NavPress Publishing Group; 1st edition (August 1, 2008)
For those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and those who love and care for them, The Wounded Heart offers a tender, compassionate window into the psychological effects of abuse and the theological foundations for healing. Thirty years ago, with great courage and vision, Dan Allender brought Christians to the table to acknowledge, understand, and help victims heal from their experience of the evil of sexual abuse.
His work continues to help victims and those who love them to honestly acknowledge their abuse, understand the unique challenge of repentance for victims of abuse, and learn to love boldly in defiance of their trauma. Ultimately Dan offers the bold assurance to sexual abuse victims that even they can find their way to joy and hope in the comforting embrace of a good God.
The Wounded Heart has sold over 400,000 copies and has been the first book family, friends, counselors, pastors, and victims have turned to in search of Christian answers to the calamity of sexual abuse. With a new introduction reflecting on the ongoing importance of the book, and a companion workbook for personal and group recovery, The Wounded Heart continues to offer an urgently needed word of grace in a world ravaged by sexual abuse.
16. The Other Side of the Wall: Unbreakable
Author: by Kathleen St Ours
Published at: Watercolors19 (March 4, 2021)
A few weeks before my seventh birthday, I sat on the wall bordering my driveway. My favorite big kid in the neighborhood sat with me that day. She invited me to try out for a neighborhood play in their garage.
Enticed with the feeling of being included was all it took. The lure was set in motion. Keeping her secret by crossing my heart and swearing to silence sealed the deal. When the garage door closed and a filthy chair was pushed tightly under the doorknob, my heart sank to the place that knows something horrible is about to happen, and there is no way out.
On my thirty-eighth Thanksgiving I woke up screaming with no sound after having the worst night terror I ever experienced. This life-altering awakening triggered my carefully tucked away memories I had chosen never to address. On this day, I began the long arduous journey to heal from my childhood nightmare.
I fought not only to survive, but to thrive. In this memoir I travel from the evil darkness on the other side of the wall to a hopeful new life I never thought was possible.