Teenage readers of Finding Safety responded:
'This book is powerful, meaningful and inspiring.'
'This book showed me what abuse really is and that you need to stand up for yourself if you're ever in one of these situations.'
'This book would help so many teens (like myself) cope with past and present abuse. As a survivor of abuse, I always knew that what had happened to me was abuse, but no one ever told me how to heal. This book showed me ways to start that process.'
Finding Safety is a much needed tool designed to teach teenagers how to recognize abuse and protect themselves from it. It is a simple, clear, and direct explanation of the five types of abuse: Sexual, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual.
Using the concept of boundaries which comes from the recovery movement it describes: How we get abused, how that abuse effects us, and how to protect ourselves from abuse.
This is a book that counselors or educators who work with teenagers could easily use in whole or in part. Any chapter can stand on its own for reading or discussion. A teenager can see on one page, for instance, what physical abuse looks like, one page on how to protect herself from it, and one page describing long term effects. There are inspirational quotes and powerful true stories to support each topic. It is user friendly; a succinct explanation of a complicated subject.