What children say about being abused and how professionals intervened


All too often child victims of abuse either remain silent or are not listened to when they do decide to speak of their experiences, but The Truth is Longer Than a Lie gives abused children and young people a voice.

This groundbreaking book reveals what young victims have to say about abuse and its effects on their lives; their views on the reasons for abuse; their opinions of abusers and non-offending parents; and how they felt about disclosing their experiences.

Significantly, this book provides important insights into children’s perceptions of the professionals who intervened – to protect them, to prosecute the abuser or to provide therapeutic counselling. The authors examine societal factors that increase children’s vulnerability, and propose measures for preventing abuse. They outline the requirements of ethically sound research, including appropriate interviewing techniques, and conclude with recommendations for future research.

The Truth is Longer Than a Lie is invaluable reading for social workers, child protection workers, counsellors, legal professionals and anyone working with abused children.

The Truth is Longer Than a Lie
Children’s Experiences of Abuse and Professional Interventions
Neerosh Mudaly and Chris Goddard
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
116 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB, UK
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
March 2006
Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN 1 84310 317 6
£18.99/US$34.95

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