Written from the viewpoints of the molester, the victim, and the victim’s mother, LaQuisha Hall tells a story of manipulation and molestation and how they each deal with abuse. When 14-year-old Aliyana’s childhood home burns to the ground, her family moves in with her mother’s friend, Pastor Whitaker.
In the fire, she’d lost memories and a sense of security. Soon after, she lost her innocence. Aware of the fact that Aliyana’s mother is doing the best she can as a single mother, Pastor Whitaker seeks to be the final solution to what he perceives to be their problem. He’s determined to be the man in their lives. However, his form of healing only amounts to harm, leaving Aliyana feeling burdened, betrayed and baffled.
If you have been sexually abused or are the parent of a child who has been, this book will reflect aspects of your story. Added to the fiction are hard core truths, including the fact that one in every three girls and one in every five boys are sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday. Hall shares valuable advice for both the victims and their loved ones to move forward with their heads high and hearts open.