This remarkable book tackles child sexual abuse and exploitation, arguing that blame and accountability belong to its perpetrators. It draws on thematic content analysis and autoethnographic principles and is methodologically novel in utilising the poetry of the first author, written in childhood, as primary data. An important international educational and practical resource, it should be on the shelves of university libraries, informing courses in social work, criminology, health and qualitative inquiry. It is also a much needed knowledge resource for abuse survivors and their advocates, remedying what the moral philosopher Miranda Fricker calls “hermeneutic injustice”: abused people lacking the knowledge and vocabulary to adequately make sense of their experiences.


Child Sexual Abuse, Autoethnography, Hermeneutic Injustice

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Alec Grant, PhD is an independent international scholar who has written and taught extensively, in the disciplines of qualitative inquiry and autoethnography, critical mental health and philosophy. He is a social justice activist in the demedicalization of mental health, and activist ally in child sexual abuse and exploitation. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: alecgrant32@yahoo.co.uk.

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