Reading Resources

Please note that the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute has not reviewed the content of every book on this list and is not responsible for the content or recommendations of these books and authors. This list is provided as a public service and is meant as a starting point for people looking for additional reading material related to child sexual abuse.

For Professionals and Parents of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

The Relapse Prevention Workbook for Youth in Treatment
by Charlene Steen (Safer Society Press, 1999)

Report of the Task Force on Children with Sexual Behavior Problems
(Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, 2006)

Sexualized Children: Assessment and Treatment of Sexualized Children and Children Who Molest
by Eliana Gil and Toni Cavanaugh Johnson, Ph.D. (Self Esteem Shop II, 1992)

Sexually Aggressive Children: Coming To Understand Them
by Sharon K. Araji (editor) (Sage Publications, 1997)

Understanding Children’s Sexual Behaviors: What’s Natural and Healthy
by Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D. (2003)
(This 20-page booklet is for parents, teachers, school counselors, social workers, police, and others who want to understand children’s sexual behaviors.)

Understanding Your Child’s Sexual Behavior: What’s Natural and Healthy
(189 page book) by Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D. (New Harbinger Publications, 1999)

For Professionals Who Treat Abusers and For Abusers and Their Families

Adult Relapse Prevention Workbook
by Charlene Steen (Safer Society Press, 2000)

Cognitive Behavioural Treatment of Sexual Offenders
by William L. Marshall, Dana Anderson, Yolanda Fernandez. (John Wiley & Sons, 2000)

Developmentally Disabled Persons with Sexual Behavior Problems: Treatment, Management and Supervision
by Gerry D. Blasingame, MA (Wood ‘N’ Barnes, 2nd Ed., Nov. 2005)

Identifying and Treating Sex Offenders: Current Approaches, Research, and Techniques
by Robert Geffner (Editor), Kristina Crumpton Franey (Editor), Teri Geffner Arnold (Editor), Robert Falconer (Editor) (Haworth Press 2004)

Handbook of Sexual Assault: Issues, Theories, and Treatment of the Offender
by W.L. Marshall, D.R. Laws, and H.E. Barbaree (eds.) (Plenum Press, 1990)

Road to Freedom: A Comprehensive Competency-based Workbook for Sexual Offenders in Treatment
by John W. Morin, Jill S. Levenson MSW (Wood N Barnes, 2002)

Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions
by J.R. Feierman (Springer-Verlag, 1990)

Predicting Sex Offender Recidivism – Videotape Training & Manual
by R. Karl Hanson (Sage Publications, June 28, 2000)

The Sex Addiction Workbook: Proven Strategies to Help You Regain Control of Your Life (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
by Tamara Penix Sbraga, Ph.D and William T. O’Donohue, Ph.D.
(New Harbinger Publications, July 2004)

Sex Offender Treatment: Accomplishments, Challenges, and Future Directions
by Michael H. Miner and Eli Coleman (Haworth Press, 2003)

Sexual Deviance: Theory, Assessment and Treatment
by D.R. Laws and W. O’Donohue (Guilford Press, 1997)

Who Am I and Why Am I in Treatment?
by Robert Freeman-Longo and Laren Bays (Neari Press, revised, 2000)

To Educate Children About Preventing Sexual Abuse

It’s My Body
by Lory Freeman (Parenting Press, 1984)

Keeping Kids Safe: A Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Manual
by Pnina Tobin, Sue Levinson Kessner (Hunter House Publishers; 2nd edition, 2002)

The Most Important Rule of All
by Pam Church
(Prevention And Motivation Programs, Inc., 1997) This book is a read-aloud storybook about child sexual abuse and protection skills for use with children ages 4-8 years.

My Body is Private
by Linda Walvoord Girard and Rodney Pate (Albert Whitman & Co., 1992)

The Right Touch: A Read-Aloud Book to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
by Sandy Kleven (Illumination Arts Publishing, 1998)

Talk For Parents And Kids – Safety DVD
Talk for Parents and Kids shows Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® being taught by Pam Church in a kindergarten classroom. While they are learning you too will learn with them in your home. You will learn the Five Body Safety Rules around the issue of Good-Touch/Bad-Touch®. Your child will learn skills to identify tricks that abusers use, how to stay safe from such tricks, and how to tell someone.

Telling Isn’t Tattling
by Kathryn Hammerseng (Parenting Press, 1996)

Those are MY Private Parts
by Diane Hansen (Empowerment Productions, 2005)
Parents and care-givers can use this read-aloud rhyme as a tool to teach children sexual abuse prevention and empower their young children to say NO. Appropriate for ages 4-8.

Your Body Belongs To You
by Cornelia Spelman (Albert Whitman & Co., 2000)

When I Was Little Like You
by Jane Porett (CWLA Press, 2000)

To Educate Adults About Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children
By Darkness to Light. Preventing, Recognizing, and Reacting Responsibly to Child Sexual Abuse – A Guide for Responsible Adults

Hear Their Cries: Religious Responses to Child Abuse
This award-winning video on the role of clergy and lay leaders in ending child abuse is a critical resource.

Recovery and Support for Adult Survivors and Their Families

Beginning to Heal: A First Book for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (Perennial, 1993)

Betrayal of Innocence: Incest and its Devastation
by Susan Forward and Craig Buck (Penguin Books, 1998)

Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse
by Richard B. Gartner, William Pollack (John Wiley & Sons, 2005)

Beyond The Tears: A True Survivor’s Story
by Lynn C. Tolson (Authorhouse, 2003)

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (Harpers Perennial, 3rd revised edition, 1994)

Families in Recovery: Working Together to Heal the Damage of Childhood Sexual Abuse
by Beverly Engel, MFT (McGraw Hill Contemporary Books, March 2000)

From Victim to Survivor: Women Survivors of Female Perpetrators
by Juliann Mitchell, Juliann Whetsell-Mitchell and Jill Morse (Taylor & Francis, Inc., September 1997)

Healing Years: A Documentary about Surviving Incest and Child Sexual Abuse
Without recovery, survivors of child sexual abuse face emotional struggle, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and the perpetration of abuse in their lives and families. This artfully produced documentary illustrates the poignant stories of incest survivors: former Miss America , Marilyn Van Derbur speaking out in the nation, Janice Mirikitani, President of Glide memorial Church, San Francisco , helping inner-city women substance abusers healing from incest, and Barbara Hamiliton, a 79-year old survivor ending three generations of incest in her family. For the sexually abused child, awareness and recovery is key to a secure and nourishing future. The Healing Years points the way.

Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors
by Charles L. Whitfield, Joyanna L. Silberg, and Paul Jay Fink (Haworth Press, July 2002)

Mothers Book: How to Survive the Molestation of Your Child
For and about mothers of survivors. This book answers the most common questions asked by mothers about their own emotional reactions, their relationship with the victim and the offender, their cultural and religious concerns and the criminal justice process.

The Obsidian Mirror: Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse
by Louise M. Wisechild (Seal Press, 2003)

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
by Wendy Maltz (Harper Collins Publishers, 1992)

Recovery and Support for Child Survivors and Their Families

Helping Your Child Recover From Sexual Abuse
by Caren Adams, Jennifer Fay, and A.G. Fawkes (University of Washington Press, 1992)

THE THURSDAY GROUP: A Story and Information for Girls Healing From Sexual Abuse
By PeggyEllen Kleinleder and Kimber Evensen (Neari Press, 2009)

I Told My Secret: A Book for Kids Who Were Abused
by Eliana Gil, Sally Haskell (Illustrator)

It Happened to Me: A Teen’s Guide to Overcoming Sexual Abuse
by William Lee Carter (New Harbinger Publications, May 2002)

The Me Nobody Knows: A Guide for Teen Survivors
by Barbara Bean and Shari Bennett (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998)

Repair for Kids: A Childrens Program for Recovery from Incest and Childhood Sexual Abuse
by Marjorie McKinnon
A simple and common sense program of recovery for healing sexual abuse in children.

Strong at the Heart: How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse
by Carolyn Lehman, Laura Davis (Foreword)(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2005)

When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parent’s Guide to Healing and Recovery
by Kathryn B. Hagans and Joyce Case (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997)

Research, Sourcebooks, and Other Information

The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment
by John E.B. Myers, Lucy Berliner, John Briere, C. Terry Hendrix, Carole Jenny, and Theresa A. Reid (Sage Publications, 2nd Ed., 2002)

Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
by Kathryn Kuehnle (Professional Resource Press, April 1, 1996)

Child Sexual Abuse
by David Finkelhor (Free Press, 1984)

Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook
by Edgar W. Butler, Karen L. Kinnear (ABC-CLIO, Incorporated, December 1995)

Childhood Sexual Abuse: Developmental Effects Across The Lifespan
by F. Felicia Ferrara (Wadsworth Publishing Company, November 2001)

Children Who Don’t Speak Out: About Children Being Abused in Child Pornography
by Carl Goran Svedin, Kristina Back, and Radda Barnen (Taylor & Francis, May 1997)

Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse: Education Manual for Medical Professionals
by Ann S. Botash, M.D. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000)

Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask)
by Dr. Justin Richardson and Dr. Mark A. Schuster (Crown Publishers, February 11, 2003)

Just Before Dawn
by Jan Hindman (Alexandria Assoc., 1989)

Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: A Practical Guide
by Martin A. Finkel and Angelo P. Giardino (editors) (Sage Publications, 2nd ed., 2001)

Overcoming Child Abuse: A Window on a World Problem
by Michael D. Freeman, (Ashgate Publishing, November 1999)

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures
“Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures” is a publication of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Controla and Prevention.

Psychological Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Their Families
by William N. Friedrich (Sage Publications, October 15, 2001)

Sex and the Internet: A Guide Book for Clinicians
by Al Cooper (Brunner-Routledge, July 2002)

A Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse
by David Finkelhor (Sage Publications, 1986)

Understanding Human Sexuality
by Janet Shibley Hyde and John D. DeLamater (McGraw Hill, 8th ed., 2003)