BOOK CLUB

Book clubs are a great way to share our message and volunteer. We have provided a recommended reading list with suggested discussion questions to support you and your friends as you learn more about reducing the risk of child sexual abuse.


Book Club

Book clubs are a great way to share our message and volunteer. We have provided a recommended reading list with suggested discussion questions to support you and your friends as you learn more about reducing the risk of child sexual abuse.


We’ve created all the necessary materials for you to have a successful book club.

  • Connector.

    PREPARE FOR YOUR BOOK CLUB

    • Review our mission and story
    • Pick a date, time, and location for your book club to meet. We suggest allowing everyone at least one month to read the book.
    • Pick a book for your book club to read. Here is a list of recommended reading from Defend Innocence:

    The Well-Armored Child by Joelle Casteix
    Protecting The Gift by Gavin de Becker
    For Goodness Sex by Al Vernacchio
    Beyond Birds and Bees by Bonnie J. Rough
    Building Resilience in Children and Teens by Kenneth R. Ginsburg
    The Drama of the Gifted Child* by Alice Miller
    Mindset* by Carol S. Dweck
    *Available in Spanish

    • At each book club meeting, you can read through these ten questions or come up with your own. The important thing is making sure that you have a great discussion.

    1. 1. Did you like this book? Why or why not?
    2. 2. How does this book help you understand healing/prevention of child sexual abuse in a different way?
    3. 3. What is one thing from the book that really stuck with you?
    4. 4. Did you learn anything you didn’t know before reading it?
    5. 5. Did reading this book change your mind about a belief you had before you read it?
    6. 6. How did the book make you feel?
    7. 7. Would you recommend this book to anyone else? Why or why not?
    8. 8. What questions do you still have that the book didn’t answer?
    9. 9. What do you think about the author’s research? Does it seem credible? Was it easy to see where they got their information and why they came to the conclusions they did?
    10. 10. What was your first impression of the cover/title? How did it change after you read it?
  • Connector.

    PREPARE THE MEMBERS OF YOUR BOOK CLUB

    • Inform the members of your book club about Defend Innocence and the resources available.
    • Let the members of your book club know that they are reading a book related to reducing the risks of child sexual abuse.

  • Connector.

    TALK WITH YOUR GROUP ABOUT NEXT STEPS

    • Have your group members follow us on social media:
    Instagram: @DefendInnocence
    Facebook: @DefendInnocenceOrg
    • Talk with your group about ways they can get involved, whether that is teaching in their community or using our resources.


We would love to see pictures and hear stories from your book clubs! Please email them to our volunteer coordinator Nina at volunteer@defendinnocence.org.

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