The Thursday Group
A Story and Information for Girls Healing From Sexual Abuse
by PeggyEllen Kleinleder and Kimber Evenson
Illustrations by Nancy Radtke
Kleinleder and Evenson break new ground using the long-held tradition of sharing wisdom through story-telling. In the all-too-real but fictional story of Abi, her family, and a therapeutic support group, adolescent girls learn to deal with having been sexually abused-as their family members and the larger community reacts to them. The learning is reinforced by techniques for dealing with emotions, handouts from the group, reminders, explanations, and tips. Using a wide range of situations, issues, and coping strategies, and extraordinarily captivation writing, The Thursday Group portrays the effects of sexual abuse realistically, recognizing both pain and hope, damage and healing.
“I learned a lot from this book. If it was too graphic I couldn’t have read it. It was real. It was gentle.”
--Rita, 15, A Survivor