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Books for Children

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers; by Stan and Jan Berenstain; Random House, 1985

Laurie Tells; by Linda Lowery, John Eric Karpinski (illustrator); Carolrhoda Books, 1994

My Body Is Private; by Linda Walvoord Girard, Rodney Pate (illustrator); A. Whitman, 1992 Books

Red Flag Green Flag People: A Personal Safety Program for Children; by Kecia S. Freed (illustrator); Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, 1987

The Right Touch: A Read-Aloud Book to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse; by Sandy Kleven; Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Incorporated, 1998

Squeakers; by Stephen Cosgrove; Econo-Clad Books, 1999

Your Body Belongs To You; by Cornelia Spelman; Teri Weidner (illustrator); Albert Whitman, 1997 
(Ages 7 to 10)

POR favor di!: Un cuento para ninos sobre el abuso sexual (Please Tell! A Child's Story about Sexual Abuse); escrito e ilustrado por Jessie con un prologo de Sandra Hewitt; traducido por Enrique Vargas Basterra; Hazelden, 1993
Ages 9 to 12

Be Aware of Danger; by Bill Gutman; Twenty-First Century Books, 1996
The Safe Zone: A Kid's Guide to PersonaL Safety; by Donna Chaiet and Francine Russell; William Morrow & Co., 1998
Ages 10 to 14

Don't Hurt Laurie!; by Willo Davis Roberts; Econo Clad Books, 1999

Everything You Need To Know When You Are The Male Survivor of Rape or Sexual Assault; John La Valle; Rosen Pub. Group, 1996

I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This; by Jacqueline Woodson; Econo Clad Books, 1999

Staying Safe At School; by Donna Chaiet; Rosen Pub. Group, 1995

When She Hollers; by Cynthia Voigt; Scholastic, 1994

Picture Books

These books are for children aged up to six years, and contain simple ideas presented in a non-threatening manner.

Feeling happy, feeling safe by Michele Elliott
A safety guide for young children. A series of short stories dealing with issues such as feeling safe, getting lost, and saying no. Foreword and information for parents at the start of the book.

It's my body - a book to teach children how to resist uncomfortable touch by Lory Freeman
Dr Freeman has extensive experience in sexual abuse prevention, and prepares young children for the right response to physical assault, without provoking potential guilt feelings.

Loving touches - a book for children about positive, caring kinds of touching by Lory Freeman
Teaches children about the importance of nurturing touches, and how to resist uncomfortable touch.

Something happened and I'm scared to tell by Patricia Kehoe
Dr Kehoe is a clinical psychologist specialising in child and family treatment. This book is written for the very young child, ages 3-7, who is a suspected victim of sexual or physical abuse. It encourages children to speak out, and gives them the concepts that will help.

What's wrong with bottoms? by Jenny Hessell
This picture book is written specifically for children on the subject of sexual abuse by a member of the family. It is presented in a warm and reassuring manner, as a young boy tells his mother about his Uncle, who touches him and asks him not to tell anyone.

Never talk to strangers by Irma Joyce
Lighthearted approach to Stranger Danger, constantly reinforcing the message not to talk to strangers, whether they are friendly or not.

Older Children

The safe zone: a kid's guide to personal safety by Donna Chaiet
A how-to guide for children aged 8 and up, dealing with issues such as self-defense in a non-physical way, self-esteem, body language and communication.

Who is a stranger and what should I do? by Linda Walvoord Girard
Picture book for an older age group, 6-9 years, defining a stranger and various situations a child may find themselves in, and the appropriate response.

The Abduction Prevention Library Series by Cynthia MacGregor
Series aimed at very young children on a number of topics relating to personal safety. Each incident is illustrated with a short story, and an important fact for young children to learn

  • Stranger Danger
  • Staying safe by saying no
  • What to do if you get lost

Books for Adults for protecting children

Child Lures: What Every Parent and Child Should Know About Preventing Sexual Abuse and Abduction; by Kenneth Wooden; Summit Pub Group, 1995

On the Safe Side; Teach Your Child to Be Safe, Strong, and Street-Smart; by Paula Statman; HarperPerennial, 1995

Protecting Your Children from Sexual Predators; by Leigh Baker PhD ; St. Martin's, 2002

Raising Safe Kids in an Unsafe World: 30 Simple Ways to Prevent Your Child From Being Lost, Abducted, or Abused; by Jan Wagner; Avon Books, 1996

What If: Teaching Children What to Do In Difficult or Dangerous Situations; by Sally Mumford; Vermilion, 2000 

Books for Adult Survivors

The Courage to Heal - Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
Contains survivor stories, help, references, exercises and much more - highly recommended

The Courage to Heal Workbook - Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
Why not find another survivor to work through the exercises with you

Allies in Healing by Laura Davis
Written for people who support survivors of abuse
Written for partners, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands and wives it takes a look at the following issues:
Answers common questions about sexual abuse.
Working and growing together.
Shows partners to recognize, value, and express their own needs
Includes strategies for handling suicidal feelings, regression, and hopelessness.
Offers practical advice on dealing with distancing, control, trust, and fighting.
Provides guidelines for coping with flashbacks, lack of desire, differences in sexual needs, and frustration.
Suggests a range of ideas for interacting with the survivor's family.
Looks at stories of eight partners.

Trauma and Recovery - the aftermath of violence from domestic abuse to political terror by Judith Lewis Herman M.D. (see articles for more information)

Inspirational Reads for Adults

Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books- Jack Canfield/Mark Victor Hansen
The Secret of Happy Children -- Steve Biddulph
A Child called It, The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave - Dave Pelzer

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