Cyrus Webb reviews Demystifying Diversity

When it comes to the topic of diversity it can honestly go in so many directions. What I would say about Daralyse Lyons’ new book Demystifying Diversity: Embracing our Shared Humanity is that she strives to break it down to more than a US against THEM and see the why.

Through the interviews and her own personal observations we see how being singled out or labeled as impacted others. It also does something I wasn’t expecting. It turns the tables repeatedly on the reader, forcing us to ask what would we do or who would we be. In horrific events in history would be the one who was the oppressed or would we be the oppressor? Would we stand up for what is right or will be stay by? These questions are difficult but necessary if we are going to see things really move forward in a positive (and productive) way.

There’s another thing that Daralyse discusses in the book that is sure to step on some toes. I know it did mine. That being the words we use to categorize things, like being “good” for eating a salad or “bad” for not. The impact of what we say as well as what we do can impact the way people see themselves and feel about themselves.

Bottom line is we’re ALL a work in progress. This book challenges us to identify the work we ALL have to do and get about doing it.

Annabelle's Secret: A Story about Sexual Abuse

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Annabelle has a secret. When she was seven years old, she was approached by a
neighborhood boy and invited into a "secret club". Unfortunately, this club was just a
ruse for thirteen-year-old Joel to groom Annabelle for abuse. A few years later, when
Annabelle turns eleven, she finds some bad feelings have returned for her.

Experts Acclaim for Annabelle's Secret

"Amy Barth's Annabelle could be just the 'friend' a sexually abused child needs, and
it models just what parents should to do if their child shares about sexual abuse. A great
little resource for children, parents, schools, therapists, treatment agencies, and prevention

--Karen R. Nash, LCSW

" Annabelle's Secret is a well-written and beautifully illustrated book for children that
tells the difficult tale of Annabelle, what happened to her, and what she did to stop the
sexual abuse that she was experiencing. The book is written in a straightforward yet
compelling manner that exposes the excruciating situation that far too many children experience.
This book is a welcome and needed addition to the tools that we have for children
and families and service providers for dealing openly about child sexual abuse."

--Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO

Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc

" Annabelle's Secret supports important issues regarding sexual abuse that may arise
in a young girl's life. Written like a comforting letter from a survivor, the young reader will
become aware of the importance and safety to report any encounters. The book is simply
written and in understandable terms for any 6 to 9-year old. The information is concise,
yet heartening and loving. Annabelle's Secret should be read with a parent present
to encourage dialog about this significant subject."
--Irene Watson, author of
The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference

"Annabelle relates a story that reconfirms what I have observed over many years.
Abused children, male or female, universally believe that it is their fault. Their self-image
is mangled; they need to tell the truth; and they must get help from someone who knows
how to treat such an injury to the soul."

--Fr. Heyward B. Ewart, III, PhD, Author of Am I Bad? Recovering From Abuse

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From Loving Healing press

Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Sexual Abuse
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