Talking to Your Kids About Childhood Sexual Abuse

It’s not a topic that any of us enjoy thinking about, but talking to your child about sexual abuse is something you can’t put off.

Studies have repeatedly found that as many as one in four girls and one in ten boys will be sexually abused by the time they reach their eighteenth birthday. This abuse often happens when the children are in preschool or kindergarten, simply because abusers know children this age are less likely to know what to do if they are being abused.

One common way experts recommend parents address sensitive topics with their children is through children’s books that feature the characters undergoing the same sorts of problems you want to discuss.

Some Parts Are Not For Sharing is written by Julie K. Federico, a middle school counselor with a master’s degree in counseling from Indiana University. The book offers a friendly, nonthreatening way to talk about “private parts” with children and what they should do if an adult touches them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.

Reviewers on Amazon give the book mostly positive feedback, although several people have said they feel like it is better suited for toddlers and preschoolers than older children because it doesn’t offer a lot of specific information.

Even taking this into consideration, I think the book would be a good starting point for approaching this important topic with your child. If you think your child needs more detailed information, you could always start with this book and move on to a more advanced title if your child has questions.

What do you think? Would a book like this make it easier to discuss the topic of childhood sexual abuse?

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