Kimmie is an eight-year-old with long blond
hair and hazel eyes that peeked through wire-rimmed glasses. She is slight in stature
and should have had the carefree life little girls are meant to enjoy. But Kimmie had a
secret...the same secret that her Nana had when she was a little girl and even younger
than her granddaughter. They were both sexually abused.
Together: Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse is a powerfully written book. It is
the story of a little girlís plight to overcome the sadness, guilt, shame and hurt she
suffers at the hands of her stepfather...a fireman who is looked upon as protector...not
violator. It is also her Nanaís story as she copes with her own demons thought long
buried as she tries to help her granddaughter.
So riveting is their story
that I read the entire book within two days. I felt what Kimmie felt, cried when she
cried and felt as helpless as her Nana as she sat and listened to the graphic description
of what was done to her.
So many lives were torn apart by the deeds of
one...this coward who would rob a child of her childhood. By the time I got to the
second part of the book, I had questions to ask and found answers waiting
there...everything from the statistics on how prevalent this crime is to an actual
definition of sexual abuse.
This book holds a wealth of knowledge for
every parent and anyone concerned about the crime...for it is a crime of the most heinous
sort. Learn the difference between touching and non-touching abuse...there is a name for
all types. Learn about the steps the abuser takes as he closes in on his prey. Get the
facts from the abused childís perspective...the threats and the fear instilled by their
abuser. Itís all right here in Journey Together.
I recommend this
book as a must read. You donít have to be a parent...you just have to be compassionate
and caring about what happens to the children in our lives.