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Sam Searches – II. The Effects of Child Abuse

Resources on the effects of child abuse

They say, “Write what you know!” But they forget to add, “Learn what you don’t!” For writers, thorough research is absolutely integral.

Inspired by this post and my own need for research on this subject, I’ve dug into the awful world of abuse. Child abuse is unfortunately very common and it does permeate our media despite being a sort of creative taboo. Of course, no subject is off limits in creative endeavours, but we must do it justice. If a character in your work is being abused or has been abused, you will need some resources to help you portray their experiences as accurately and respectfully as possible. Here are a few to get you started.

Feel free to reblog with your own resources, or check out other sam searches for different research topics.

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General Information

Effects of Abuse

First-hand Accounts

  • Child Abuse Stories – First-hand stories submitted to Child Abuse Effects. Stories of healing and recovery, as well.
  • Children’s Stories – Accounts of abuse from children, provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
  • Personal Stories – Personal stories from Childhelp

More Resources

  • Books on Child Abuse – Books and stories on Goodreads tagged as featuring child abuse. Some are fiction, some are memoir.

For American and Canadian readers – 1-800-422-4453 is the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline. NOT a writer’s resource, but a 24/7 hotline for counselling, encouragement, and direction for reporting abuse.

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TUEBL – The Ultimate eBook Library

Um, hi.

So, something remarkable happened to me today and I really wanted to share it with everyone. This thing that happened to me is called TUEBL. The Ultimate eBook Library. And dang, friends, is it cool.

Now, I’m a huge fan of literature in all forms. I love visiting the library and bringing home those physical copies, but since working in school and public libraries, I’ve developed a serious love for eBooks and audiobooks, as well. So long as people are reading (and I have something interesting to read), I’m a happy camper.

The best thing about digital media, though, is how accessible it is. I worked for a branch that, before its renovation, had once been nothing more than a bookmobile. Aside from a video store, a school, a grocery store, and a few restaurants, there wasn’t much to this place, so the library was a wellspring of entertainment and resources. The point being, it’s easy for me to think of a place where the closest library is 20 miles away. Free resources are great, but only great for those who can get to them. In the digital age, all it takes is an Internet connection to have the world at your fingertips.

And TUEBL makes it even easier.

I love OverDrive, but it requires a library membership. TUEBL makes countless eBooks available for free – and it’s entirely legitimate. As authors realise they can improve readership by making their books available to a curious audience that may not be willing to commit to a purchase, they are seeking new ways to offer the fruits of their labour. So they partner with TUEBL. eBooks for free in exchange for a greater reach, analytics, and user feedback. It’s the kind of rare sweet deal that really benefits everyone involved.

So have a look for yourself, give it a try. Share the good news with a friend. And let’s hope these mutually-beneficial relationships continue to blossom. Sometimes we can lose the wonder of creating new worlds and telling beautiful stories when we’re too focused on making $2.50 on a Kindle sale.

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