A Child's Heart Speaks

Surviving Sexual Abuse

by Claire Silva



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/29/2006

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9781434362209
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9781467817769
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9781425975401

About the Book

A Child's Heart Speaks is a heart breaking and compelling true story of two children who survived severe sexual abuse from a juvenile perpetrator—their older half brother. The reader gains a true glimpse into the personality, and tactics used by juveniles and adults to manipulate children into silence. The story serves as a call to action for all adults who care about children. The author, Claire Silva also incorporates national interviews with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Through their stories, the reader is able to understand some of the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual struggles survivors go through, and what helps survivors heal.

About the Author

Claire Silva has worked in MA, RI and CT providing substance abuse and violence prevention since 1991. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole, her expertise is developing and implementing programs for immigrants, and low-income children and their families. Throughout her career, she has witnessed the strong link between children who were sexually assaulted and their lifelong battle of self-medicating through drugs and alcohol. Through her own family's trauma, Claire hopes that people can learn how to prevent sexual abuse of children, how to support survivors, and how to help a family that has been impacted - heal from the trauma.