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‘Keep telling until someone listens’ : understanding prevention concepts in children’s picture books dealing with child sexual abuse

Lampert, Jo & Walsh, Kerryann M. (2010) ‘Keep telling until someone listens’ : understanding prevention concepts in children’s picture books dealing with child sexual abuse. Children's Literature in Education, 41(2), pp. 146-167.

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Abstract

Children’s picture books dealing with the topic of child sexual abuse appeared in the 1980s with the aim of addressing the need for age-appropriate texts to teach sexual abuse prevention concepts and to provide support for young children who may be at risk of or have already experienced sexual abuse. Despite the apparent potential of children’s picture books to convey child sexual abuse prevention concepts, very few studies have addressed the topic of child sexual abuse in children’s literature. This article critically examines a selection of 15 picture books (published in the US, Canada and Australia) for children aged 3–8 years dealing with this theme. It makes use of an established set of evaluative criteria to conduct an audit of the books’ content and applies techniques of literary discourse analysis to explain how these picture books satisfy criteria for child sexual abuse prevention. The analysis is used as a way to understand the discourses available to readers, both adults and children, on the topic of child sexual abuse. Key themes in the books include children’s empowerment and agency, and the need for persistence and hope.

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ID Code: 32163
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: sexual child abuse, picture books, children's literature
DOI: 10.1007/s10583-010-9104-1
ISSN: 0045-6713
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Gender Sexuality and Education (130308)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 13 May 2010 13:20
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:26

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