Every Parent’s Nigthmare (1st Ed)

The essential guide for adults dealing with child abuse. Includes: signs of abuse; abuser and grooming process; addressing the problem; supporting your child; the legal process; preparing for court.


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Book Details

Weight 189 g
Dimensions 20.05 × 14.05 × 0.8 cm



Quickfox Publishing

About The Author

Bruna Dessena

Bruna Dessena

Bruna Dessena is an Advanced Life Support (A.L.S.) paramedic. Her work has taken her all over the world and exposed her to many interesting assignments and opportunities. The bulk of her career has seen her working in and around Johannesburg, known for it's high crime and busy hospital casualties. Bruna is an instructor in various aspects of emergency medicine.

In her off-time Bruna has worked as an anti-child abuse activist, volunteering as a counsellor for both Childline and the Teddy Bear Clinic. At the latter she was also a trainer and Senior Facilitator preparing children and parents for court. She presents lectures on child abuse to pre-hospital professionals such as paramedics, as well as med-school, nursing and social work students at various universities, colleges and hospitals in the Western Cape and Johannesburg.

In 2010 she released her first book, "Every Parent's Nightmare", a simple and practical guide for adults and parents dealing with child abuse. Her second book, "Tales from my Stethoscope" is a quirky and humorous compilation of stories about the calls she has attended to during the past two decades of her career.

In this edition, find out about:

  • the signs of abuse
  • which children are most at risk of being abused
  • the different types of abuse
  • paedophiles and the grooming process
  • cyber-grooming and cyber-bullying on the internet
  • addressing the problem when you suspect abuse or when abuse has been disclosed
  • supporting your child emotionally and practically
  • the legal process
  • preparing for court
  • hints and tips for keeping your child safe

Child abuse has to be one of the greatest evils in any society, a secretive sin that betrays innocence, destroys the essence of childhood, and can cause lifelong emotional pain and dysfunction.

Bruna Dessena, an Advanced Life Support paramedic, has been a child abuse activist for more than 19 years. She was a Childline counsellor for many years, as well as a trainer and Senior Facilitator at the Teddy Bear Clinic in Johannesburg, where she helped prepare children and parents for court. She has lectured on child abuse to pre-hospital professionals such as paramedics, as well as med-school, nursing and sociology students. As a parent herself, Bruna knows that every parent’s nightmare is that one day their child might be abused.

How do you deal with that? How do you help the child? What do you do first? What will happen next? In Every Parent’s Nightmare Bruna answers all these questions. She explains the signs of abuse, which children are most at risk of being abused, and then she tells you about paedophiles and paedophile rings, including how they groom children over time to gain their trust before they abuse them. She also covers the legal aspects, what should be done when you find out, and what happens in a court of law. She includes a brand new chapter on cyber-grooming and cyber-bullying and what you need to look out for as a parent.

Bruna includes the Sexual Offences Act and the Children’s Act so that you’ll know the child’s rights and what you can expect from the legal system in South Africa. She has also included many helpful resources and contact numbers at the back of the book.  Written simply and without undue melodrama, Bruna gives it to you straight. This book is highly recommended for all adults who have children or work with children.

“Nothing can prepare a parent for hearing that their child has been abused. Whether the information comes from the child or someone else, the news is devastating.”

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