“My ultimate dream is for Finding Anna to reach as many people as possible and create awareness about child sexual abuse. I want people to realize that child sexual abuse is real, it could happen to anyone regardless of race, religion, social standing, gender or age,” Lleone said.
The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health published a record of systematic review on the prevalence of child sexual abuse in June 2013. Results showed out of 55 studies in 24 countries that 8 to 31% of girls and 3 to 17% of boys are sexually abused. To simplify the figures, 9 girls and 3 boys out of 100 are child sexual abuse victims.
“This is the stark, naked truth. It is a silent epidemic that destroys the minds and bodies of children everywhere, everyday. It is time to step forward and educate society about child sexual abuse. If through ‘Finding Anna’, someone would realize the reality of this social epidemic then we are helping create awareness and that is a good thing,” Trish continues.
Another study indicates that most child sexual abuse predators are family members or friends and not strangers as commonly perceived. Contrary to what is depicted in movies, rapes do not happen in dark alleyways but occur in family homes, schools and places frequented by victims during regular daylight hours.
‘Finding Anna’ was published by Firebrand Publishing on January 29, 2014 and has since been on the Amazon Best Sellers list under the categories ‘Abuse’ and ‘Dysfunctional Family Relationships’
Trish Kaye Lleone is a Filipina Author and passionate anti-child sexual abuse advocate.
‘Finding Anna’ is a gripping first-hand account of a child who survives the horror of sexual abuse and abandonment by those tasked to care for her, in a society that turns a blind eye to sexual abuse. To get your free download between April 11-13th, log on to your Amazon.Com account and click on this link (http://www.amazon.com/