As most of you know I work full time as a registered nurse at a psychiatric hospital for children. As you can imagine I have dealt with many children who are traumatized from sexual abuse.
As parents we like to tell ourselves that this will not happen to our children. After all we are careful and observant. Sadly sometimes this is not enough. While parents attempt to protect their children from getting hurt or abused sometimes we are unsuccessful.
You can look at some statistics at Darkness to light. Darkness to Light is an organization who provides information and prevention ideas regarding sexual abuse. Their statistics are quite scary. They say that 1 out of every 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. Those are staggering numbers!
One recommendation for preventing sexual abuse is TALKING about it. Lets be honest though how comfortable are most parents with discussing sexual abuse with our children. This is a hard, but I think that the hardest part would be introducing the topic.
Jill Starishevsky, who wrote "My Body Belongs to Me," makes the introduction a lot easier. This book is geared toward 3 to 10 year olds, but I for one have already started reading it to my 21 month old. Sexual abuse can start at any age and I want my child to be aware that someone touching her "private parts" is NOT okay!
This book provides necessary information to your child about what to do if someone touches his/her "private parts." In addition to the story Jill also provides parents with suggestions on how to use this book, why she thinks it is important, and some organizations available to help with both prevention and abuse.
My opinion . . .
I think that this book is a must have for all parents. The most important thing as a parent is keeping our children safe and teaching them about the dangers in the world. This book will be an excellent resource in doing just that!
Buy it: http://www.MyBodyBelongsToMe.com/
(I did receive a copy of "My Body Belongs to Me" for review purposes. No other compensation was received for this review)