A Video That Educates Kids About Sexual Abuse: Watch It Here

The stats are shocking and sad: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by their 18th birthday, according to data compiled on adult men and women by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We live in a time when parents are fully aware of the need to speak to their children about sexual abuse, and where there is excellent information on how to do so (like this Parents Magazine article, Protect Your Child from a Predator). Sometimes, a book is a helpful way to open a discussion—why I recently read Jill Starishevsky’s book My Body Belongs To Me with my daughter. The author is an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, where she’s prosecuted hundreds of sex offenders.

In these YouTube-centric times, video can be a great way to engage a kid on a subject. So I was glad to find out yesterday that Starishevsky’s created a four-minute animated film, based on the book, to educate kids and empower them to speak up should anything happen. It was created to be accessible and appropriate for children as young as 3-years-old, and meant for parents and educators to watch with kids and open a dialogue on the topic. I think it’s excellent, and my daughter and I will be watching it together this weekend.

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Image/still from My Body Belongs To Me video

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