"This book has some of the most valuable and meaningful information you'll find for dealing with CSA (childhood sexual abuse) in your family. Claire's well-researched and heartfelt advice makes an important contribution towards helping people understand how to cope with the shocking revelation that CSA always is. ~ Kathleen Brooks, Ph.D. Radio Host of Darkness to Light: Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence
"A Child's Heart Speaks is breaking the silence about an aspect of child sexual abuse that is not widely discussed or even considered by unsuspecting parents and loved ones - abuse by a juvenile perpetrator. Although Claire Silva's two sons suffered immense abuse at the hands and mind of their older step brother, this book also serves as a warning that the juvenile offender need not be within the boundaries of a home. As a parent, I am more alert now to this hidden danger and feel the book has given me insight and knowledge that could potentially save my own children from such trauma. Silva's honesty is captivating and her reminder to listen and trust one's intuition is empowering". ~ Jayne Sachs, Singer, Songwriter and John Lennon Contest finalist for "Twisted Ballerina"
"As the mother of a child who has been sexually abuse, I was drawn instantly into A Child's Heart Speaks. Claire writes an open and compelling story about her family's trauma and road to recovery as they come to grips with a child predator in their own home. I cried as I recognized the pain, anger and grief that a mother experiences when coming to terms with the abuse of their own child. Through Claire's writing, i was able to come to terms with many of the same situations that I was facing and I found strength in Claire's ability to rise above her anger and focus on bringing peace and strength to her boys as they sought to recover their lives." ~ Anonymous
"A Child's Heart Speaks is the powerful story of one family. It beautifully tells the heartbreaking yet important tale of the author Claire Silva's years helping a step-son integrate into a new culture and family only to later discover he had been systematically terrorizing and sexually abusing her younger sons. How could she, a trained counselor, have missed the signs, she cries. This book transforms that frustration into a beacon of light, illuminating what may create an abuser, the instinctive cunning they possess, the vulnerability of young children to manipulation that protects the abuser, the warning signs all parents need to know, and the urgency for reform of government social services. it is a wise, compassionate book that should be bedside reading fr all parents, teachers, and social workers." ~ Gracelyn Guyol, Author of Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs
"I was instantly
drawn into this compelling and heartbreaking story. As a childhood
sexual abuse survivor and a mother, I cried through the pages and could
not put the book down. Silva gives a chilling account of the tactics
sexual predators use to silence children. A Child's Heart Speaks:
Surviving Sexual Abuse serves as the voice for those children. The book
points to the disturbing fact that sexual offenders are always
protected, integrated into society, and allowed to hide—so they can
commit their heinous and insidious crimes. Silva's courage to trust
herself and help her children, offers us all hope to believe in our
instinctive ability to protect our families. This is a must read for any
parent who wants to keep their children safe. You will cry, get angry
and get active."
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