The Truth is Longer Than a Lie: Children's Experiences of Abuse and Professional Interventions
'Child abuse...is not only committed by adults, it is defined by them too.' - "The Truth is Longer than a Lie". 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.