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Child Abuse/Family Violence: Resources for Kids & Teens on Prevention, Disclosure & Healing

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Bait. Alex Sanchez, $11.99 (novel, 12 and up)

When a guy in his class looks at him funny, Diego punches him in the face, and ends up on probation. At first he wants nothing to do with his probation officer. But as Diego starts to open up, he begins to realize that Mr. Vidas is the first person in his life who ever really wanted to listen to him. With Vidas's help, Diego begins to make real progress in controlling his anger. But only if Diego can find the courage to trust Vidas with the darkest secrets from his past will he be able to heal completely.


Be Careful and Stay Safe. Cheri Meiners, $15.95

With simple words and illustrations, this book teaches children ages 4 to 8 how to avoid potential dangers, ask for help, follow directions and plan ahead.


Bobby and Mandee's Good Touch Bad Touch. Robert Kahn, illustrated by Chris Hardie, $10.00

Simple and direct, this book helps young children and children with developmental delays, to understand what to do when someone touches them inappropriately.

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Do You Have a Secret? Jennifer Moore-Mallinos & Marta Fàbrega, $9.50

How Long Does It Hurt? A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, their Friends and their Families. Cynthia Mather, $23.99 (teens)

HOW LONG DOES IT HURT is the revised and updated edition of the best-selling book written by an incest survivor for future survivors. This step-by-step guide speaks directly to victims of sexual abuse, to help them come to grips with what is happening to them and overcome their feelings of isolation, confusion, and self-doubt.


I Can Be Safe: a First Look at Safety. Pat Thomas, $9.50 (ages 4-8)

This friendly book helps make young children aware things to know and do in order to be safe in a variety of situations.

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I Can Play It Safe. Alison Feigh, illustrated by Laura Logan, $21.99

This full-color picture book teaches kids seven important rules to personal safety in a non-threatening way. It covers topics like safe versus harmful secrets, safe versus harmful touches, and the importance of having a community of trusted adults to turn to for help. Emphasizing the “check-in” rule and teaching kids to trust their gut instincts, this book gives children the knowledge and confidence they need to make smart choices about their personal safety every day.


I Said NO! A Kid-to-Kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private. Zack & Kimberly King, $17.95 (Grades K-5)

Helping kids set healthy boundaries for their private parts can be a daunting and awkward task for parents, counselors and educators. Written from a kid’s point of view, I Said No! makes this task a lot easier. The book uses kid-friendly language and illustrations to help parents and concerned adults give kids guidance they can understand, practice and use. This is a simple, direct approach that doesn’t dumb down the issues involved, as well as an easy-to-use system to help kids rehearse and remember appropriate responses to help keep them safe.


Invisible Girls: the Truth About Sexual Abuse. Patti Feuereisen, $24.99

A book for teen girls, young women and everyone who cares about them.

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It's My Body: a Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch. Linda Freeman, $11.95 (ages 3-6)

This simple book discusses the different types of touching and shows young children how to react to unwanted touching.


Kelly Bear Teaches About Secret Touching. Leah Davies, $45.95 DVD

Children learn the difference between "good touch," "bad touch," and "secret touch" in a sensitive, reassuring way. By observing children being assertive, they learn how to protect themselves. Two themes are emphasized: if a "secret touch" happens, the child needs to tell a trusted adult, and secret touching is not the child's fault.


My Body Belongs to Me. Jill Starishevsky, $18.99

Without being taught about body boundaries, a child may be too young to understand when abuse is happening — or that it’s wrong. This straightforward, gentle book offers a tool parents, teachers, and counselors can use to help children feel, be, and stay safe. The rhyming story and simple, friendly illustrations provide a way to sensitively share and discuss the topic, guiding young children to understand that their private parts belong to them alone. The overriding message of My Body Belongs to Me is that if someone touches your private parts, tell your mom, your dad, your teacher, or another safe adult.

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My Body Belongs to Me, from My Head to My Toes. Pro Familia & Dagmar Geisler, $25.95

As a child, there are constantly people trying to pick you up, hug you, or tickle you. Sometimes, though, children fall victims to people who try to touch them inappropriately. But how do you tell someone, most likely an adult, that you don’t want to be touched? My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes is an educational tool to help instill confidence in children when it comes to their bodies. The story gives readers tips about what they can say or do to avoid unwanted physical contact, or how to tell the right people in the event it has already occurred. My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes is an invaluable resource that gives children a voice in uncomfortable situations.


My Body Is Private. Linda Girard, $9.99 (ages 6-9)

A young girl talks about privacy and about saying "no" to touching that makes her uncomfortable.


My Body Is Special Workbook. LaKeesha Walrond, $12.50

The My Body Is Special Workbook empowers children to take ownership of their bodies and provides them with problem solving tools to help prevent an unhealthy touch. This workbook leaves children with an individual plan of what to say, what to do, where to go and who to tell if they ever feel unsafe around another person. The goal is for each child who encounters this book to develop their own individual personal plan of action to prevent this type of abuse.


Never Talk to Strangers. Irma Joyce, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

Bouncy rhyme and colourful illustrations help children remember one important rule — Never talk to strangers!

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Please Tell! A Child's Story about Sexual Abuse. Jessie, $13.00 (ages 6-9)

Written and illustrated by a young girl who was sexually molested by a family member, this book reaches out to other children in a way that no adult can, Jessie's words carry the message, "It's o.k. to tell; help can come when you tell."

This book is an excellent tool for therapists, counselors, child protection workers, teachers, and parents dealing with children affected by sexual abuse. Jessie's story adds a sense of hope for what should be, and the knowledge that the child protection system can work for children. Simple, direct, and from the heart, Jessie gives children the permission and the courage to deal with sexual abuse.


Sam Speaks Out. Linda Sky Grossman, $7.95 (ages 4-6)

Sam learns that some secrets should be shared when he finds himself uncomfortable with how a neighbour is behaving.


Somebody Cares: a Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect. Susan Farber Straus, illustrated by Claire Keay, $13.95 (ages 6-11)

Somebody Cares explores the feelings and thoughts many kids have when they've had to look out for themselves or be alone much of the time. A useful book to read with a caring adult — such as a parent, foster parent, kinship parent, or therapist — Somebody Cares reassures children who have experienced neglect that they are not to blame for what happened in their family, and that they can feel good about themselves for many reasons. It takes time for kids to get used to changes in their family or living situation, even when they are good changes. This book will help kids learn some ways to feel safer, more relaxed, and more confident.

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Something Happened and I'm Scared to Tell: a Book for Young Victims of Abuse. Patricia Kehoe, $10.95

This simple booklet encourages an abused child to talk to someone safe about what happened. It deals with sexual abuse in an honest, frank way that explains to a child that they are not to blame.


Such a Pretty Girl. Laura Wiess, $16.00

They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three. Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison. Today her time has run out.


Sunny's Time to Tell: a Book, about Tattling, Telling, and Personal Safety. Julie Mendenhall, illustrated by Maja Sommersted, $21.50 (GR PreK-3)

Here is a book to be used as a guided tool. It helps children understand the difference between tattling and telling but more importantly, it brings an awareness of the sensitive subject of abuse. This subject is not easily approached but with the main character, Sunny, it can support an adult in delivering a crucial message. This resource includes an appendix with discussion questions and tips for parents.

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Telling Isn't Tattling. Kathryn Hammerseng, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Many children and adults have trouble knowing the difference between telling and tattling. This book helps children learn when to tell an adult they need help, and when to deal with problems themselves. It also helps adults understand when to pay attention to kids' requests for help.


A Terrible Thing Happened.  Margaret Holmes, $13.50 (ages 4-8)

Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better.

This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events.


That Uh-oh Feeling: a Story about Touch. Kathryn Cole, illustrated by Qin Leng, $15.95 (ages 5-8)

No matter how hard she tries, Claire can't kick the soccer ball in a straight line. Her coach steps in and places his hand on her shoulder, telling her that she's too pretty to wear a frown. When he tickles her later and asks her to keep it a secret, Claire doesn't know exactly what's wrong, but something just feels "weird." Too much flattery and too much contact give her that weird, uh-oh feeling. She turns to her friends for help and learns that adults shouldn't ask kids to keep secrets about touch, so Claire tells her mother. By seeking help from others and talking about her feelings, the situation is resolved happily.

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This Side of the Sky. Marie-Francine Hébert, $6.95 (ages 14 and up)

Mona and her kid sister, Bird, hide in the woods each day because it's far better than being home. Bird may be eight, but her mind's only five, and Mona has to baby-sit her most of the time. They don't have many friends, but Mona and Bird have always had each other and the hideout of the hidden lake to run to when they needed to escape from mothers and fathers and teachers and bullies and the friends they want and the friends who need their help. But then Mona and Bird witness something terrible in the woods, and suddenly life changes forever.

Written from Mona's perspective, this translation of a Governor General's Literary Award-nominee and winner of the PRIX DU LIVRE M. CHRISTIE explores themes of racism, sexual abuse, low self-esteem and the pain all these inflict on those who deserve it least.

Due to more mature content, this book is recommended for children 14 and up.


The Trouble with Secrets. Karen Johnsen, $11.95 (ages 5-9)

Secrets can be a confusing issue for children — which secrets should be told and which secrets should be kept? This book helps children distinguish between hurtful secrets and good surprises.


Uncle Willy's Tickles: a Child's Right to Say No. By Marcie Aboff, illustrated by Kathleen Gartner, $10.95

A wonderful, caring way to teach a child about the right to own his/her own body and the right to say "no". For ages 4-8.

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Until Today. Pam Fluttert, $12.95 (novel, ages 13+)

No one knows Kat’s secret, and the only place she confides the truth is in her journal.  But now the journal is missing, and Kat is terrified that everyone will find out the secret she has been keeping for years — a friend of her parents has been abusing her since she was a little girl.

Will people hate her and blame her for what’s been happening? Or is this her chance to finally go from victim to survivor?


Who Is a Stranger and What Should I Do? Linda Walvoord Girard, $9.99 (ages 5-10)

Explains how to deal with strangers in public places, on the telephone, and in cars, emphasizing situations in which the best thing to do is run away or talk to another adult.


Your Body Belongs to You. Cornelia Spelman, $9.99

In simple, reassuring language, therapist Cornelia Spelman explains that children can say no to a friendly hug, kiss or touch — even from someone they love — and still be friends. This is a useful introduction to the topic of "good touch/bad touch" and a reminder to children that their feelings count. For ages 3-6.

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Complete Booklist

Bait. Alex Sanchez, $11.99 (novel, 12 and up)

Be Careful and Stay Safe. Cheri Meiners, $15.95 (ages 4-8)

A Better Safe than Sorry Book. Sol & Judith Gordon, $15.00 (ages 4-8)

Bobby and Mandee's Good Touch Bad Touch. Robert Kahn, illustrated by Chris Hardie, $10.00

Do You Have a Secret? Jennifer Moore-Mallinos & Marta Fabrega, $9.50 (ages 4-8)

How Long Does It Hurt? A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, their Friends and their Families. Cynthia Mather, $23.99 (teens)

I Can Be Safe: a First Look at Safety. Pat Thomas, $9.50 (ages 4-8)

I Can Play It Safe. Alison Feigh, illustrated by Laura Logan, $21.99 (ages 6-10)

I Said NO! A Kid-to-Kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private. Zack & Kimberly King, $17.95 (Grades K-5)

Invisible Girls: the Truth about Sexual Abuse. Patti Feuereisen, $24.99

It's My Body: a Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch. Linda Freeman, $11.95 (ages 3-6)

Kelly Bear Teaches About Secret Touching. Leah Davies, $45.95 DVD (ages 4-9)

My Body Belongs to Me. Jill Starishevsky, $18.99

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My Body Belongs to Me, from My Head to My Toes. Pro Familia & Dagmar Geisler, $25.95

My Body Is Private. Linda Girard, $9.99 (ages 6-9)

My Body Is Special Workbook. LaKeesha Walrond, $12.50

Never Talk to Strangers. Irma Joyce, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

Please Tell! A Child's Story about Sexual Abuse. Jessie, $13.00 (ages 6-9)

Sam Speaks Out. Linda Sky Grossman, $7.95 (ages 4-6)

Somebody Cares: a Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect. Susan Farber Straus, illustrated by Claire Keay, $13.95 (ages 6-11)

Something Happened and I'm Scared to Tell. Pat Kehoe, $10.95 (ages 4-8)

Such a Pretty Girl. Laura Wiess, $16.00 (novel, ages 14+)

Sunny's Time to Tell: a Book, about Tattling, Telling, and Personal Safety. Julie Mendenhall, illustrated by Maja Sommersted, $21.50 (GR PreK-3)

Telling Isn't Tattling. Kathryn Hammerseng, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

A Terrible Thing Happened.  Margaret Holmes, $13.50 (ages 4-8)

That Uh-oh Feeling: a Story about Touch. Kathryn Cole, illustrated by Qin Leng, $15.95 (ages 5-8)

This Side of the Sky. Marie-Francine Hébert, $6.95 (ages 14+)

The Trouble with Secrets. Karen Johnsen, $11.95 (ages 5-9)

Uncle Willy's Tickles.  Marcie Abott, $11.50 (ages 3-8)

Until Today. Pam Fluttert, $12.95 (novel, ages 13+)

Who Is a Stranger and What Should I Do? Linda Walvoord Girard, $9.99 (ages 5-10)

Your Body Belongs to You. Cornelia Spelman & Teri Weidner, $9.99 (preschool)

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