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A booklet illustrated by Claude Ponti to help child victims of violence



“No one has the right to hurt you on purpose. Neither to you nor to others. » It is with these words that the booklet opens “When you are hurt – Information on violence and its consequences”. This brochure written by Muriel Salmona, psychiatrist specializing in psychotraumatology and president of the Traumatic memory and victimology association – which distributes it free of charge –, and Sokhna Fall, family therapist, was illustrated and adapted by Claude Ponti. The famous children’s author has transposed his singular universe into it, where words and images make their way so easily into the imagination of toddlers, to whom this publication is specifically aimed – from the large kindergarten section to CE1.

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“You should know that very few child victims of violence are taken care of. We wanted to contribute, through this tool, to filling this gap”, explains Muriel Salmona, who is delighted with the “dazzling success” of this publication, the first print run of 5,000 copies of which has already sold out, and the electronic version has recorded more than 50,000 views since it went online in early April.

“Professionals in care, child protection, national education, school psychologists contact us every day. Many immediately took it up, proof that it meets a real need,” rejoices the psychiatrist who has also planned the publication of a guide to using the brochure for them.

Identify the “inner wound”

“This booklet, even if it is aimed directly at children, was designed to serve as a tool for the people who accompany them. Their role as facilitators is essential here,” further specifies Claude Ponti. Allow children to identify the “inner wound” caused by psychological and physical violence, sometimes committed by those around them, that is what is at stake.

This brochure, both preventive and therapeutic, lays down valuable markers to navigate with children through the labyrinth of behavioral disorders caused by psychotrauma. Through clear questions – “And if all this evil that you feel inside of you, it was because of violence which one made to you or which you saw? –these texts invite us to go back to the source of ” this pain “. It is thus a question of helping the young victims to put words on what they have experienced and to appease them, by showing them that the problem does not come from them. It is also a question of opening a way towards the hope of a possible repair: if the wounds damage the carelessness, “it can be cured” and this booklet shows the ambition to be a first step towards this cure.

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