Secrets That Hurt

Painful Secrets Should Always Be Told

by Laura L. Kerlin & Illustrated by Julia Seal



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/26/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 28
ISBN : 9781480887268
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 28
ISBN : 9781480887282
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 28
ISBN : 9781480887275

About the Book

Ellen is a happy little girl who loves play with her best friend, Jane. But one day, Ellen starts to feel uncomfortable. She feels as if she isn’t herself anymore.
Ellen’s mom is worried. She asks Ellen if anything is troubling her. But Ellen knows certain things are supposed to be private, and she is embarrassed. Jane knows just what to do. Ellen receives the help she needs from an unlikely furry friend.
A picture book for children, Secrets That Hurt calls attention to child sexual abuse. According to CDC statistics, one of four girls and one of every six boys are sexually abused before they reach the age of eighteen. Children’s lives can be turned to darkness when they’re holding onto the shame associated with traumatic incidents. This story follows Ellen as she struggles to keep the secret and tells how a special animal plays a crucial role in her healing process.

About the Author

Laura L. Kerlin earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from George Mason University. Passionate about battling abuse, she is active in a child advocacy in Northern Virginia and her family serves on the board of SafeSpot, a child advocacy center in Fairfax County, Virginia. Laura is also a dedicated mother to a seven-year-old daughter who also supports the center and wants to one day help rescue animals and help with children.