1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited by the age of 18
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Sexual abuse, exploitation, assault, we hear about it in the news daily. 90% of the time a child is harmed it is by someone they know and trust. Once you know that how can you not make teaching your children personal safety a priority? And teaching personal safety does not mean being a helicopter parent. In fact it is the opposite of helicoptering. We need to raise secure, smart, prepared, independent children who can maneuver around a very complicated world – with skill and confidence. Kids who have the ability to listen to their intuition, know
I want to tell you about an experience I just had as a teacher after reading My Body is Special and Belongs to Me! to my preschool classroom in Florida last week. Yesterday a child came to me and shared a horrific experience he was having at home (he is 5). Without going into details, he shared that he wanted to tell me something. He was so relieved that he could “tell” his experience to his teacher and that I would not be mad. Of course I reported the information through proper channels and all is being directed in a fast and appropriate way. I am so grateful to have had this book in my school. Who knows how much longer he would have endured his pain without knowing about “safe touch and unsafe touch”? I feel like I saved this child on so many levels.
Miss Lesley. March 15. 2015
I want to take a moment to explain what an impact Cherie and her book My Body is Special and Belongs to Me! had on my family. After our Foster Parent KidSafe Training I went home and discussed the book with my kids. They were very engaged and asked a lot of questions about “unsafe touches” as well as actions that made them feel confused and uncomfortable. Five days later the girls revealed a plethora of incidents that they were exposed to. I believe that without the combination of the book and the “poker face” training and me building a trusting relationship with the girls they may never have told. Whatever the reason, I plan to read this book to every child I ever come in contact with. I have already shared it with family, coworkers and friends (but I told them that they had to buy their own!). Thanks again! G
To keep our children safe. We teach car safety, kitchen safety, how to cross the street, fire safety, pool safety, anf the list goes on – but the one and most important topic that we often glaze over is personal safety. This one we often either don’t even have it on our radar, or we say it couldn’t happen to my kid, or that it could but I am too overwhelmed by the task to even broach the topic – where would you begin?
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You have come the to the right place. My Body is Special and Belongs to Me is a beautiful book for children and adults alike. It is the perfect beginning to teach children a Language of Safety regarding their personal safety. This language can be used in your home – just as easily as you would say to your child – don’t forget to say please and thank you. Kids love the structure of safety. This is a topic that they are learning about with every interaction they have on a daily basis. (show picture here of kid being pushed on playground).
Parents and guardians: First we recommend that adults read My Body is Special and Belongs to Me! from cover to cover themselves before sharing it with their children. Read the intro, the children’s section and the adult learning section. Increase your awareness and comfort level. Feel empowered that you are embarking on an important journey with your child, a journey you do not have to take alone. Share this book with others. The more the adults in your child’s life understand the lessons of personal safety, the safer your child will be. Testimonials
Professionals: Anyone working in any capacity with children – teachers, aftercare counselors, social workers, nurses, all school personnel, babysitters, etc. – should read My Body is Special and Belongs to Me!. If everyone is empowered with personal safety education our society will become a much safer place for children. This will not stop sexual offenders from attempting to harm children, but it will make children much harder targets. And it will make organizations safer as they will be better equipped to recognize an offender’s grooming behavior. (link to testimonials)
Children: The children’s portion of My Body is Special and Belongs to Me! is a developmentally appropriate book for children ages 4 through 10. Children love the content, illustrations, rhyming, and enjoy it just as they would having any book read to them. It is our intention that this book be read by adults and children together presenting opportunities to use everyday examples as teachable moments.