FROM ONE HAND TO ANOTHER: THE STORY OF A SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILD'S STRENGTH AND COURAGE.

  • Venessa A. Brown Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Abstract

The story of Martha is one that taught me strength and courage and to value my social work education. Martha was an 11 year old child who was sexually abused by her stepfather from age 6 to 11. Martha’s strength and courage to tell her story has been rewarding for both Martha and myself. Her courage allowed her to unlock years of pain and secrets. This was my first sexual abuse case as a Child Protective Services Investigator. I hope that her story will empower other practitioners to gain the strength and courage to fight for the rights of children and encourage parents to put their children first.

 

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Published
2014-06-24
Section
General Submissions