Without being taught
about body boundaries, a child may be too young to understand when abuse
is happening—or that it’s wrong. This straightforward, gentle book
offers a tool parents, teachers, and counselors can use to help children
feel, be, and stay safe. The rhyming story and simple, friendly
illustrations provide a way to sensitively share and discuss the topic,
guiding young children to understand that their private parts belong to
them alone. The overriding message of My Body Belongs to Me is that if someone touches your private parts, tell your mom, your dad, your teacher, or another safe adult.
“Advocacy groups around the country say it will be in an important tool for parents.” —Colleen Long, Associated Press
is key when it comes to children’s personal safety. Kudos to Ms.
Starishevsky for taking on this project.” —Kimberley Clayton Blaine,
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.
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
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.