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Dr. Robert Block, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is known for saying adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.  Child sexual abuse is an adverse childhood experience.  1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Child sexual abuse is preventable.  Part memoir, part resource guide, this raw and unfiltered book underscores the societal misconceptions about this issue and is a call to action for meaningful change. 

In The Abuse Algorithm: Lessons in Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse, Starr asks readers to:

  • Carefully consider the difficult topics that will be discussed

  • Continue their education 

  • Pledge to utilize this tool to become a trusted adult who will listen to young people, understand their needs and meet them where they are

Yes, sexual abuse is among the most serious issues that children and youth face and the thought of it is terrifying to parents and caring adults. Addressing the problem directly and responsibly is necessary to foster appropriate awareness of this difficult topic.  This book will help you realize that by using a public health approach, we can reduce children’s exposure to sexual abuse and ensure safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all young people.

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Child sexual abuse affects us all: survivors, those close to them, and the community. This book will help you understand no two experiences are the same, that healing is an individual process, and education is our best chance at prevention.  

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