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Me, Too! Child and Adult Sexual Abuse and Prevention by Susan Sophie Bierker is a non-fiction book on everything there is to know about childhood and adult sexual abuse. Although the book is meant for all sexual abuse survivors, the predominant focus of the book, and rightly so, is on childhood sexual abuse. This is because the most long-term devastating effects of sexual abuse usually have their base in sexual abuse that has happened in the early years, and also because children are more vulnerable with fewer resources than adults. That being said, Susan covers all topics comprehensively that have recently received media attention once again due to the #metoo movement.
The book is divided into chapters and sub-sections that cover what is sexual abuse, how to identify it in children, how to educate children and adults, and more importantly, society itself so it learns to watch out for warning signals that sexually abused children often unconsciously give out, cults, child porn rings, sex trafficking, and how it perpetrates, the most common physical and emotional symptoms that a sexually abused child displays, what to do and where to turn for help, various means and therapies to try to overcome the trauma, and long-term personality impairments and disorders resulting from sexual abuse, and much more. Throughout the book, there are numerous, detailed lists of resources provided to turn to for help including their websites, information, etc.
Me, Too! Child and Adult Sexual Abuse and Prevention is a fantastic book and every person should read it. I feel that all schools should actually be teaching such subjects in the classroom based on exactly a book like this. I really appreciated how much effort Susan has put into collecting all of the most up-to-date data and statistics on this issue including real cases. I also felt that the section on how to spot clues, warning signs, and red flags among kids is crucial and this should be taught in every classroom. Susan writes with empathy, with a genuine concern about this issue, and it is shocking how widespread and prevalent this is with one in every five girls having been sexually abused. This is a very well-written book with plenty of resources for help and is a must-read for everyone.