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Subject: A child called it.. please read
Date Posted: 11/4/2010 2:55 PM ET
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This book is about the author as a child. He was abused by his mother. It is such a sad story as he tells all of what she did to him from age 4 to 12. I honestly cried when reading it. I just got the second book and can't wait to read it. It brings the relization of child abuse and how bad it is. There is a copy at my library for .50 cents. if any one is interested please let me know and I will go get it.   Any one who wants to help fight against child abuse should read this heart touching book

Date Posted: 11/4/2010 3:04 PM ET
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I've read all three of the books they are great stories of a horrifying childhood. 

Date Posted: 11/4/2010 3:35 PM ET
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I read it to several years ago too and every time I think of it or even see the book it brings tears to my eyes.

I don't need to read it again as it has stuck with me these many years and always will.

Date Posted: 11/4/2010 3:38 PM ET
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I read that book a few years ago & yes, it is a good book. Very sad story!!

Date Posted: 11/4/2010 5:51 PM ET
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another child abuse/neglect book that my wife recommended for me to read: They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Bursch

I recommend the hardcover, as I seemed to have wanted to throw the book out the window... out of disgust for failures of human nature!


Subject: Also have read.
Date Posted: 11/4/2010 5:54 PM ET
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But I am sad to say there is so many more stories just like his :(

I have read many of these type books...They all make me cry.Sometimes I don't know why I do it to myself. But then I remember to help spread the word. These type books make us aware of these type abusers. I took in my nephew 8 years ago ...He lived just like Dave and he was only 3 and half..Sad to say he is effected by that abuse to this day. I can get some names of books if any of you are interested pm me I will send you some reccomendations.

Subject: All three??
Date Posted: 11/4/2010 9:01 PM ET
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I just went and got the second one I had no idea there is a third. What is the title so I can order it. I will look into the other one posted. I'm waiting for one called the boy from the basement. These books are so heart breaking. I would never treat my children this way and god help the person who would ever try to harm them. I knew of child abuse but I didn't think it was that bad in some case's I do want to find a way to volunteer in my community to help fight against child abuse but I'm not sure where to start.

Subject: The Lost Boy - sequel to A Child Called It
Date Posted: 11/5/2010 8:02 PM ET
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I have the second one on my bookshelf: The Lost Boy   I'd be happy to make a 2 for 1 deal if you see anything else on my shelf that you would like along with it.


I remember reading several of these types of books in HS when I was doing a research paper on abuse - yes, the stories are heartbreaking, and so sad that this type of of behavior continues. 

Subject: Three books
Date Posted: 11/5/2010 8:31 PM ET
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Someone asked what the books are...

A Child Called It

The Lost Boy

A Man Named Dave

I read these books a few years back when my daughter was a newborn and they really made me sick!  I cried the whole way through.

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 8:41 PM ET
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I am already more then half way through the second one. I cried the whole time I read the first one. I went to the library and bought the first one for my mom she wanted to read it.  I want to find out how I can help fight against child abuse in my area. Does any one know where to start??

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 8:48 PM ET
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Contact your local Domestic Violence agency, they may have some volunteer positions available.

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 9:26 PM ET
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I too read that book many years ago . Yes , its very sad and has stayed with me also. There are other books similar to that one. All very sad.

Another one I read recently..

Last Edited on: 11/5/10 9:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/6/2010 1:24 PM ET
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I've read all 3 books, and they are fantastic, humbling, and terrifying. Dave's brother, Richard, wrote a couple of books too. I haven't read them, as I find it hard to sympathize with anyone else in Dave's family since they didn't stand up for him. I realize that his brothers were just children, too, but they never even asked their mother to stop treating him badly and often even enjoyed it as it meant they were safe from her wrath. So, if anyone wants to read these or has read them, let me know if Richard comes across as repentant or just pitiful. Maybe I'll give them a try.

A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

A Teenager's Journey: Overcoming a Childhood of Abuse

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 8:56 AM ET
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This is another book that is a must-read. It will absolutely break your heart.

Death from Child Abuse... and No One Heard
Author: Eve Krupinski, Dana Weikel
ISBN-13: 9780930507046 - ISBN-10: 0930507045


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