Image of a libraryThere is so much great information out there on how to protect kids from child sexual assault. And since we figured you’re, in all likelihood, too busy to comb the Internet and all the latest books for the best knowledge, we’ve done the hard work of compiling them for you here!

Remember to look at the PSC companion book, “Off Limits: A Parent’s Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse,” and its accompanying Conversation-Starter Cards. And be sure to subscribe to Feather’s blog — she constantly updates it with all the latest developments in the field!

A) Parenting Safe Children Resources

B) Other Resources

Recommended Reading

  • Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (And Parents Sane) – Gavin de Becker

Books for Children on Prevention

  • Some Parts are Not for Sharing – Julie K. Federico (For ages 6 months+)
  • My Body is Special and Private – Adrianne Simeone  (For ages 2-7)
  • I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private Kimberly & Zack King (For ages 3-10)
  • My Body! What I Say Goes!’ – Jayneen Sanders (For ages 3-7)
  • It’s MY Body – Lory Freeman (For ages 3-8)
  • Loving Touches – Lory Freeman (For ages 3-8)
  • My Body is Private – Linda Walvoord Girard (For ages 6-11)
  • The Right Touch – Sandy Kleven (For ages 3-8)
  • The Trouble with Secrets – Karen Johnsen (For ages 3-8)
  • Your Body Belongs to You – Cornelia Spelman (For ages 3-6)
  • My Body Belongs to Me – Jill Starishevsky (For ages 3-8)
  • A Secret Safe to Tell – Naomi Hunter (For ages 3-8)
  • Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept– Jayneen Sanders (For ages 3-8)
  • Stand in My Shoes – Bob Sornson Ph.D. (A book about empathy for ages 8 -9)

Books for Parents on Talking with Kids About Sex

  • The Sex-wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids About Sex, Abuse, and Bullying – Dr. Janet Rosenzweig
  • The Parent’s Guide to Talking About Sex: A Complete Guide to Raising (Sexually) Safe, Smart and Healthy Children – Dr. Janet Rosenzweig
  • Birds + Bees + Your Kids – Amy Lang
  • Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex, but Were Afraid They’d Ask: The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens – Justin Richardson & Mark Schuster
  • Beyond the Big Talk: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens – Debra W. Haffner

Resources for Children & Teens on Sexuality Education

  • What Makes a Baby – Cory Silverberg (For preschool through 7)
  • Sex is a Funny Word  – Cory Silverberg (For ages 7- 11)
  • Who Has What? – Robbie H. Harris (For preschool ages+)
  • It’s Not the Stork – Robbie H. Harris (For ages 4+)
  • It’s So Amazing – Robbie H. Harris  (For ages 7+)
  • It’s Perfectly Normal – Robbie H. Harris (For ages 11-15)
  • Where Did I Come From? – Peter Mayle (For ages 4-8)
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: Expanded Third Edition: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships – Ruth Bell Alexander (For ages 12+)
  • AMAZE  –  Sexuality Education Online for Kids & Parents (For preschool through high school)

Books for Children on Healing and Recovery

  • Sarah’s Waterfall: A Healing Story about Sexual Abuse – Ellery Akers (For ages 7-12)
  • A Very Touching Book for Little People and for Big People – Jan Hindman & Tom Novak (For ages 6-12)
  • I Can’t Talk About It – Doris Sanford (For ages 4-8)
  • Something Happened and I’m Scared to Tell – Patricia Kehoe, Ph.D. (For ages 3-7)
  • Something Is Wrong at My House – Diane Davis (For ages 3-12)

Books for Adults on Healing and Recovery

  • Miss America by Day – Marilyn Van Derbur (A memoir about surviving incest)
  • Parenting with PTSD: the impact of childhood abuse on parenting –  Joyelle Brandt & Dawn Daum
  • The Courage To Heal – Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
  • Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child – Laura Davis

Internet Safety Web Sites for Kids, Teens and Parents

Sex Offender Information

Colorado Resources

National Resources

Additional Parenting Resources

Need Help for Sexual Feelings toward Children

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