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Protective Behaviours WA is Western Australia’s leading prevention education organisation working in WA and Internationally to prevent child abuse.
Our programs seek to prevent child abuse by providing greater awareness and understanding; as well as providing the tools and strategies for individuals, organisations, parents, families and communities to address and deal with these issues. Our strong and specialised service provides a dynamic professional response to child protection.
- “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.
Those are MY Private Parts by Diane Hansen is a great book for young children that has pictures children have drawn and puts it into terms kids can understand, my daughter just turned three and we read this book to help her understand.
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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention – Books for
It’s My Body (Children’s Safety & Abuse Prevention)
(Paperback) ~ Lory Freeman
Those are MY Private Parts (Paperback)~ Diane Hansen
Please Tell!: A Child’s Story About Sexual Abuse
(Early Steps) (Paperback)~ Jessie Ottenweller
Your Body Belongs to You (Paperback)~ Cornelia
Maude Spelman (Author), Teri Weidner (Author,
The Right Touch: A Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent
Child Sexual Abuse (Jody Bergsma Collection)
(Hardcover)~ Sandy Kleven
Some Parts are Not for Sharing (Paperback)
~ Julie K. Federico
I Said No! A kid-to-kid guide to keeping your private
parts private (Perfect Paperback) ~ Kimberly King
(Author), Sue Rama (Author, Illustrator)
The more categories of trauma experienced in childhood, the greater the
likelihood of experiencing:
• alcoholism and alcohol
• chronic obstructive
• fetal death
• poor health-related
quality of life
• illicit drug use
• ischemic heart disease
• liver disease
• risk for intimate partner
• multiple sexual partners
• sexually transmitted
• suicide attempts
• unintended pregnancies
The ACE Study also showed that as
the ACE score increased the number of
risk factors for the leading causes of
death increased. Thus, persons with
high ACE scores are later at much
higher risk for health and medical
conditions resulting from their choice
of remedies for their pain. While these
approaches are effective in the short
term, they often have dire long-term
consequences such as serious chronic
health and social problems.
In addition, the underlying causes of
typically go undetected because
of shame, secrecy and social
taboo, which prevent people from
talking about such things
The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault is organized to put an
end to sexual violence in Maine and to ensure that there will be
ongoing support and services for victims and survivors.
Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Lending Library Catalog
Those Are My Private Parts
By: Diane Hansen
Book, 27 pages
Call Number: VI:B12
Parents and caregivers can use this read-aloud
rhyme as a tool to teach children sexual abuse
prevention and empower them to say no.
Appropriate for ages 4-8.
When talking to children about sexual behaviors, it’s important to maintain a calm and even tone of
voice and to ask open-ended questions as much as possible, so the children can tell what happened
in their own words, rather than just answering yes or no. So, in this case, a parent might ask each child:
■ What were you doing?
■ How did you get the idea?
■ How did you learn about this?
■ How did you feel about doing it?
Hansen, Diane. (2007). Those are MY private parts. Redondo Beach, CA: Empowerment Productions.
For ages 4–8. This short, easy-to-read book uses colorful illustrations and catchy rhymes to teach
children that no one—relative, friend or neighbor—has a right to touch them in a way that makes
them feel uncomfortable.
Protectkids.com is the Internet safety website of Enough.org
Tips by Teens for Teens
- Remember – A million times before you’ve heard that honesty is the best policy. Most people don’t believe that, though. So when you’re out there in cyberspace, watch yourself. You never know when 5’6″, blond and female could actually mean 6’3″, hairy and male. Don’t believe everything you see online.
- Be leery of those who want to know too much. There’s no rule that says you have to tell them where you live, what your last name is, or anything else personal. Your business is your business. Let them stick to theirs. And trust your instincts. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, leave.
- We all remember the “buddy system” from kindergarten. Sure, you’re no longer in kindergarten, but the system still works. If you’re planning on meeting up with somebody you met online, bring a friend, or even your parents, along with you and encourage your online acquaintance to bring theirs, too. It sounds stupid, but it’s definitely the smart idea. At the very least, make sure your real friends know what you’re doing.
- Before you take a running leap at the streets and a hard-knock life, let somebody know how you’re feeling. Try talking to an understanding relative or friend, or call the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-621-4000. They are a better, more trustworthy resource than a stranger in a chat room.
- If you get suspicious e-mails, files, or pictures from someone you don’t know and trust, trash them just like any other junk mail. You could have a lot to lose by trusting someone you’ve never even met. The same goes for clicking links or URLs that look suspicious – just don’t do it.
- Avoid chat rooms or discussion areas that look sketchy or provocative, and don’t let people online trick you into thinking of them as real-life friends if you’ve never met them in person. Just the same, don’t let people goad you into online fights. If you go looking for trouble on the Internet, you’ll find it, and things can get out of control really fast.
The Sexual Abuse Centre (Rotorua) Inc is a community resource providing free support, counseling, information and advice about anything to do with sexual abuse. Our professionally trained counsellors work with men and women, parents, partners and anyone effected by sexual abuse or going through abuse related court cases. We also offer tailored education programmes to suit diverse groups.
Those are MY Private Parts
Macon Resources, Inc. (MRI) has services for children of all ages. Bright Start services provide information, support, and encouragement to families with children ages birth to 5 years who live in Macon County. Prenatal services are also available through Bright Start.
Plus, we offer Kid’s Connection, our after-school and summer care program for children who receive special education services and are between the ages of 5 and 18.
NEW! This book helps adults and children open healthy communication about what is okay and what is not okay when it comes to touching private parts of the body. It uses child-friendly rhyming and colorful illustrations by a four-year-old to incorporate messages about sexual abuse prevention. Statistics and information on childhood sexual abuse are included for parents and educators. A “MUST HAVE” for the children you care about!
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