My Body Belongs to Me by Jill Starishevsky, Sara Muller
Speaking to children on their own terms, this critically acclaimed book sensitively establishes boundaries for youngsters. In a non-threatening, engaging manner, this guide teaches kids that when it comes to their body, there are some parts that are for “no one else to see” and empowers them to tell a parent or teacher if someone touches them inappropriately. Telling the story of a gender-neutral child who is inappropriately touched by an uncle’s friend, this tale delivers a powerful moral when the youngster reveals the offender and the parents praise the child’s bravery. Most importantly, this narrative assures young ones that sexual molestation is not their fault, and by speaking out, the child will continue to grow big and strong. A “Suggestions for the Storyteller” section is also included to assist in facilitating a comfortable discussion afterwards, thereby helping to prevent the unthinkable from happening to any child. With inspirational rhyming and beautiful illustrations, this is a compelling and uplifting message of what is right and wrong.
Jill Starishevsky is an assistant district attorney who has prosecuted hundreds of sex offenders and dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child abuse and sex crimes. She is the founder of HowsMyNanny.com, a service that enables parents to purchase a license plate for their child's stroller so the public can report positive or negative nanny observations. Sara Muller is a reporter, a writer, and a producer. She has been featured on ABC News, the Food Network, and MSNBC. They both live in New York City.
What People are Saying About This
Finally, a book that explains to children in a clear, understandable way what child sexual abuse is, why it's not their fault, and why it is critical to tell an adult when it happens. (Ross Ellis, founder and CEO, Love Our Children, USA)
Kimberley Clayton Blaine
Prevention is key when it comes to children's personal safety. Kudos to Ms. Starishevsky for taking on this project. (Kimberley Clayton Blaine, founder, TheGoToMom.TV)
With an easy rhyme and attractive pictures, this book will help both adults and children enter into a conversation about a subject that is often extremely hard for anyone to speak about, privately or publicly. (Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, founder and CEO, Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.)
This is the first children's book I've seen that really addresses the issues in a way that kids can understand and that doesn't seem scary or heavy-handed. (Pattie Fitzgerald, founder, Safely Ever After, Inc.)
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More than 1 year ago
I am happy to spread the word about MY BODY BELONGS TO ME. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I know how vitally important it is for children to feel ownership over their own bodies. I like that there is a helpful section for parents/caregivers, as well.
Beth Fehlbaum, author
Courage in Patience