How much detail is too much in a book about child abuse?
Should sexual abuse be detailed or vague to keep people from feeling uncomfortable. Is it poor taste to be detailed?
You can suggest what happened without giving too much detail. People don't want to hear/read the graphic details. Readers have their own imagination and common sense to fill in the gaps.
Write your book with sensitivity.
This is my opinion so I hope it helps.
Consider why you are proving the details. Do they serve a purpose? And what purpose is it? If details are necessary and if they strenthen your work, then I say include them. BUT be sure you have permission from anyone involved to go into detail, and be sure to warn your readers if it is a level of detail that might be disturbing. Do not provide details just for the sake of doing it.
I agree with DanaTeresa. Details added to correctly portray the moment are far different than details put in to add shock value. Any book about child abuse will stir strong emotions - and rightly so. ( If we ever get to the point where we don't find ourselves moved and angered by it than there is something seriously wrong. ) But the point of the book should either be to inform, or to bring the reader through to a point of hope and resolution - or both, if possible.
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