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Annabelle's Secret: A Story about Sexual Abuse
Annabelle has a secret. When she was seven years old, she was approached by a
neighborhood boy and invited into a "secret club". Unfortunately, this club was just a
ruse for thirteen-year-old Joel to groom Annabelle for abuse. A few years later, when
Annabelle turns eleven, she finds some bad feelings have returned for her.
Experts Acclaim for Annabelle's Secret
"Amy Barth's Annabelle could be just the 'friend' a sexually abused child needs, and
it models just what parents should to do if their child shares about sexual abuse. A great
little resource for children, parents, schools, therapists, treatment agencies, and prevention
--Karen R. Nash, LCSW
Annabelle's Secret is a well-written and beautifully illustrated book for children that
tells the difficult tale of Annabelle, what happened to her, and what she did to stop the
sexual abuse that she was experiencing. The book is written in a straightforward yet
compelling manner that exposes the excruciating situation that far too many children experience.
This book is a welcome and needed addition to the tools that we have for children
and families and service providers for dealing openly about child sexual abuse."
--Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO
Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc
Annabelle's Secret supports important issues regarding sexual abuse that may arise
in a young girl's life. Written like a comforting letter from a survivor, the young reader will
become aware of the importance and safety to report any encounters. The book is simply
written and in understandable terms for any 6 to 9-year old. The information is concise,
yet heartening and loving. Annabelle's Secret should be read with a parent present
to encourage dialog about this significant subject."
--Irene Watson, author of
The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference
"Annabelle relates a story that reconfirms what I have observed over many years.
Abused children, male or female, universally believe that it is their fault. Their self-image
is mangled; they need to tell the truth; and they must get help from someone who knows
how to treat such an injury to the soul."
--Fr. Heyward B. Ewart, III, PhD,
Author of Am I Bad? Recovering From Abuse