Sexual abuse. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Just the thought of someone hurting my children angers me. Unfortunately, studies show 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be molested.
As parents, we must teach our kids what to do if someone touches them inappropriately. But how or when do you approach this difficult topic with your children?
Here’s a book that will help.
Written by NY Assistant District Attorney Jill Starishevsky, My Body Belongs to Me is geared toward children ages 3 to 10. It tells the story of a child who is touched by an uncle’s friend and tells a parent.
The 22-line rhyme book with its colorful illustrations will help children understand that when it comes to their bodies, there are boundaries. It also assures them that it’s OK to tell a parent or teacher if someone touches their “private parts.”
The book also contains a “Suggestions for the Storyteller” section with valuable tips and discussion topics to help you discuss sexual abuse with your kids.
Info: For more information or to purchase a copy, click here.
Note: If you are aware of a child in our area who is being abused and needs help, call The Children’s Tree House at 706-327-9612.