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Secret of the Silver Horse

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14 pages
This booklet shows children the differences between a good secret and a secret about sexual abuse.
While parents should teach children to respect confidences whenever possible, they should also know that they need to report any inappropriate sexual behavior exhibited toward them. In this story, two friends help a third child disclose the secret of his sexual abuse, and persuade him to tell a grown up who can help. The story also teaches that if a child tells an adult about sexual abuse and the adult does nothing or does not believe the child, the child should be persistent and tell someone else.