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- “Those are my Private Parts” – How do we talk to our children about sexual abuse? What can parents and caregivers say to prevent child sexual abuse? In a society that spends more funding dollars on intervention instead of prevention, the author has found a simple yet ingenious way to answer those questions. Her book is illustrated with child-friendly drawings in primary colors. The text carries short rhythms with great messages. Every educator and caregiver, as well as children’s advocacy centers, should have a copy of this book as a tool to empower children. Written by Diane Hansen
Help save your child from abuse
- Let your child take small risks so that they develop problem-solving and conflict-management skills.
- Teach your child that if they don’t feel safe, they have the right to do something about it.
- Encourage them to discuss and express their feelings.
- Help your child learn how to identify their body’s early-warning signs for feeling unsafe.
- Develop a shared language around safety, e.g. Safety = choice + control + time limit.
- Help your child develop a network of trusted adults they can talk about anything to.
- Practise “What if…” scenarios. Ask “What would you do if someone gave you a present and told you to keep it a secret?”
- Develop an expectation that secrets can always be shared with someone we trust.
- Use the correct terminology for all body parts and avoid “nicknames” or “cute” names for the private parts of the body. Reinforce that children own the whole of their body and no one should touch their private parts (those covered by bathers) and also their mouth and they shouldn’t touch anyone else’s.
- Teach about personal space and let children decide themselves how they want to express physical affection. Children should not be forced to hug or kiss anyone.
- Everyone’s Got A Bottom – by Tess Rowley, publisher Family Planning Queensland, reading age 3-8 years.
- Jasmine’s Butterflies – by Justine O’Malley, publisher Justine O’Malley, reading age 2-8 years.
- Sam’s Hats – by Amber Fabry, publisher Sinclair Publishing Group, reading age 3-6 years.
- Sarah’s Secret – by Sonya Kupfer, publisher NooBee publishing.
- Some Parts Are Not For Sharing – by Julie Federico, publisher Tate Publishing.
- Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept – by Jayneen Sanders, publisher Upload Publishing, reading age 3-12 years.
- Those Are My Private Parts – by Diane Hansen, publisher Empowerment Productions.