The Silent Crisis answers many of the questions concerned parents may have about the nature of child sexual abuse and what they themselves can do in a practical sense to protect their children from one of the most devastating of childhood traumas. It explains how some of our traditional childrearing practices have inadvertently contributed to putting children at risk and how important it is to maintain open communication lines with your children. It emphasises the importance of being vigilant but not paranoid and highlights everyday ways that parents can teach their children to develop instincts and strategies which will help protect them if they are ever threatened in this way.
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As a Police Officer in the Northern Territory Child Sexual Assault Unit, Amanda developed a deep empathy and compassion for the victims of child sexual abuse. Her compassion for children and their welfare was heightened further through the experience of nurturing her own children. Her passion and the impetus behind this book is to enable a shift in the way people perceive and relate to children which she feels is vital to making them safer. She dispels many of the long-held views about child rearing and offers practical advice about how to protect children from this much dreaded traumaReview:
With so many parenting books on the market today, mums and dads could be forgiven for feeling bombarded by supposedly useful literature. However, if I had to recommend one book that every parent should read it would be The Silent Crisis. Robinson confronts the issue that normal parenting practices can leave children vulnerable to sexual abuse. The first half of the book presents a comprehensive definition of paedophilia and child molestation, explaining much of the theory associated with perpetrators and victims of abuse. To me, as a mother, some of the detail is shocking but none is extraneous. Included are the signs parents should look out for and the actions to take should we suspect sexual abuse. Especially enlightening is the chapter on the old stranger danger lecture with which many of us were raised. The latter half of the book deals with specific situations, such as abduction and online dangers, and presents parents with strategies to keep their offspring safe from sexual predators. Robinson writes in a simple, straightforward manner about an issue that is far from simple. If you re a parent or have anything to do with children, the question is not Can you afford the time or money to read this book? It s Can you really afford not to? --Rachael Blair Good Reading Magazine
In The Silent Crisis, Amanda Robinson has combined her knowledge of child abuse as a police officer in the Sexual Assault Unit and her experiences as a mother with current research to create a valuable resource for parents, professionals working with children and even adults who are survivors of abuse. The Silent Crisis is comprehensive in its coverage of information about child sexual abuse and how to protect children. Amanda emphasises that communicating with children is essential to their protection and she shows how it can be done. Her experiences as a police officer and mother have obviously come together and provided a tremendous advantage for enabling her to provide a book that is clear, well written and comprehensive. Children would be safer if every parent owned and read this book. --Freda Briggs Emeritus Professor of Child Development, University of South Australia
Amanda has done a great job delivering a comprehensive, well-researched and yet intuitive guide for parents. The Silent Crisis doesn t only address the vital issue of keeping kids safe from sexual predators but also the bottom line priorities of enhancing self-esteem and engendering a sense of responsibility, appropriate trust and caring connection in our children. Given the current child abuse epidemic and the often profound and protracted impact of any form of abuse on childhood victims throughout adulthood, books such as this are recommended reading for prospective as well as active parents. --Dr. Cathy Kezelman Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) Chair of Board
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