8 Books on Child Sexual Abuse Every Parent and Child Must Read

As pleasurable and joyous as childhood and parenting can be; we have to come to terms with certain challenges thrown at us in the world we are living in. Unfortunately, the world is not as safe for our children as we would like it to be. Child sexual abuse is a major threat looming large, and it becomes our responsibility to take all precautions we can so as to prevent this and prepare our children with all the possible ways and means of protecting themselves from predators of this kind.

Books are a powerful medium to convey sensitive messages, especially when a parent finds it would probably discomfort the child if they try conveying a certain communication to them. While there are a number of books written on child sexual abuse, these are some that we recommend every parent and child must read.

1. It’s My Body: This book passes the message to every child that it is their right to resist uncomfortable touch.The book is written keeping pre-schoolers in mind and helps parents open up a channel of communication with young children on sexual abuse. Lory Freeman beautifully communicates to every child the important lesson on Good Touch and Bad Touch in a very non-intimidating way. Make sure you read this book along with your pre-schooler.

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2. My Body is Private: Written by Linda Walvoord, this book is well illustrated and flows as a conversation between a mother and her child.The challenges that a parent faces while having a conversation on sexual abuse with an innocent child are very fathomable. This book does the job for you. Just read the book aloud to your child and initiate the discussion about privacy and saying ‘NO’ to an uncomfortable touch.

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3. Some Parts are not for Sharing: Nothing works as well as an animal story with children. Written by Julie K. Feredrico, this book is ideal for reading out to kids above 3 years of age, illustrates a Mama fish educating her baby fish on which body parts are private that should be safeguarded against anybody’s annoying or forceful touch.

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4. I Can Be Safe: This book by Pat Thomas is again appropriate for kids of 4+ age bracket, guiding them on keeping themselves safe in different situations. The book covers just more than sexual safety, also including aspects like being safe on the road, while playing sports and more in a very friendly way.

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5. I Said No: Written by Kimberly King, this book is a healthy guide to every daunted parent for educating kids on understanding about their private parts and the importance of physical safety. The book is written from a kid’s point of view and thus makes it easy for every child to relate to it.

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6. The Right Touch: Jody Bergsma writes a thoughtful story for young readers on how to discriminate between good touch and bad touch. The book makes children aware of inappropriate touching, the warning signs of unsuitable physical contact and what a child should do at such times.

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7. My Body Belongs to Me: Written by Jill Starishevsky, this book makes children aware of their bodies and the boundaries, telling them that is okay to tell someone not to touch their ‘private parts’, how it is not their fault if somebody misbehaved with them and why it is critical to confide in an adult. The book conveys these messages to children with great warmth putting them at ease with the message.

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8. Lauren’s Kingdom: Written by Lauren Book, this book is written in a very appealing backdrop for little girls with a moving story, with and a powerful message on personal safety. Reading this book together with the child will empower the parent to discuss the importance of physical safety and what a child should do if they are encountered.

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