Recommended Books about Child Sexual Abuse

Books for children about prevention

  • Some Parts are Not for Sharing – Julie K. Federico (ages 6 months+)
  • Your Body Belongs to You – Cornelia Spelman (ages 3-6)
  • The Trouble with Secrets – Karen Johnsen (ages 3-8)
  • My Body Belongs to Me – Jill Starishevsky (ages 3-8)
  • A Secret Safe to Tell – Naomi Hunter (ages 3-8)
  • Those are MY Private Parts – Diane Hansen (3-8)
  • Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3-8)
  • I Said No: A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private  – Kimberly King (ages 3-8)
  • Body Safety – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3-12)
  • The Swimsuit Lesson – Jon Holsten (ages 6-12)
  • Fred the Fox Shouts “No!” – Tatiana Y. Kisil Matthews (ages 3-8)
  • A Little Book About Safety – S. Kurtzman-Counter & A. Schiller (ages 3-11)
  • Miles is the Boos of His Body! – S. Kurtzman-Counter & A. Schiller (ages 3-11)
  • My Body: What I say goes! – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3- 11)
  • My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes – Dagmar Geisler (ages 3- 11)
  • Algunas Partes No Son Para Compartir  – Julie K. Federico (ages 6 months+)
  • Mi Cuerpo es Mio: Un Libro para Enseñar a los Niños Pequeños cómo Resistir el Contacto Incómodo – Britain (ages 3-8)
  • ¡Mi cuerpo es mío! – Dagmar Geisler  (ages 3-12)
  • El Problemo con los Secretos – Karen Johnson (ages 3-8)
  • An Exceptional Children’s Guide to Touch – Hunter Manasco (ages 3-8; children with disabilities)

Books about sexual development and safety

  • The Parent’s Guide to Talking about Sex – Janet Rosenzweig
  • Birds + Bees + Your Kids – Amy Lang
  • Off Limits: A parent’s guide to keeping kids safe from sexual abuse – S. Wuertele & F. Berkower
  • Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality – Couwenhoven
  • Understanding Your Child’s Sexual Behavior – Toni Cavanaugh Johnson
  • Childhood Sexuality: A guide for parents – Gail Ryan and Joanne Blum
  • From Diapers to Dating: A parent’s guide to raising sexually healthy children – Haffner
  • What’s the Big Secret? Talking about sex with boys and girls – Laurie Brown (ages 3-8)
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives – Ruth Bell (ages 12-17)
  • It’s Perfectly Normal – Robbie Harris (ages 9-14)
  • It’s So Amazing – Robbie Harris (ages 3-8)

Books for children on healing and recovery

  • Something Happened and I’m Scared to Tell – Patricia Kehoe, Ph.D. (ages 3-7)
  • Something Is Wrong at My House – Diane Davis (ages 3-12)
  • I Can’t Talk About It – Doris Sanford (ages 4-8)
  • A Very Touching Book for Little People and for Big People – J. Hindman & T. Novak (ages 6-12)
  • Sarah’s Waterfall: A healing story about sexual abuseEllery Akers (ages 7-12)
  • Healing Days – Susan Farber Straus (ages 7-14)

Books for children about prevention Some Parts are Not for Sharing – Julie K. Federico (ages 6 months+) Your Body Belongs to You – Cornelia Spelman (ages 3-6) The Trouble with Secrets – Karen Johnsen (ages 3-8) My Body Belongs to… Read More

New training: Supporting non-offending caregivers

Join Resource Manager Katy Irving, LCSW, for our second new training this April: Supporting Non-Offending Caregivers after Child Sexual Abuse. Katy will equip professionals with the skills and resources to reduce stress and isolation of caregivers, and she’ll share the ways ChicagoCAC’s family advocates, intensive case managers and other staff help our clients heal. Registration is $20 and includes 2.0 CE credits for counselors, social workers and psychologists. Register here.

ChicagoCAC Family Advocacy

Join Resource Manager Katy Irving, LCSW, for our second new training this April: Supporting Non-Offending Caregivers after Child Sexual Abuse. Katy will equip professionals with the skills and resources to reduce stress and isolation of caregivers, and she’ll… Read More

“We’re against ‘No, Run and Tell!” And Here’s Why”

“When ‘stranger danger’ awareness became popular, the concept of teaching children to shout ‘no!’ run away, and tell someone was the mantra for prevention advocates… So why doesn’t it necessarily work to help protect kids from sexual abuse?”… Read More

Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017 Trainings

Have you registered for our Child Abuse Prevention Month trainings? We’re hosting four trainings – including two brand new trainings –to equip professionals, parents and other caregivers to prevent child sexual abuse, recognize warning signs and help children who need it. View complete details here. 

ChicagoCAC Education Outreach and Prevention

Have you registered for our Child Abuse Prevention Month trainings? We’re hosting four trainings – including two brand new trainings –to equip professionals, parents and other caregivers to prevent child sexual abuse, recognize warning signs and help children who… Read More

We join with others across our country today in recognizing A Day without Immigrants. At ChicagoCAC, we do everything in our power to ensure that there are no barriers to reporting abuse and accessing our healing services –… Read More

We join with others across our country today in recognizing A Day without Immigrants. At ChicagoCAC, we do everything in our power to ensure that there are no barriers to reporting abuse and accessing our healing services –… Read More

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Our families were so thankful for such a fun-filled Kids’ Holiday Party yesterday. Thank you to the incredible donors and volunteers who make this joyful event possible – it means the world to our clients!

Community Advisory Council

Our Community Advisory Council is a group of adults committed to raising awareness of ChicagoCAC and our resources. Together with our staff, they help plan our Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, and they’re already working on our 2017 event. Thanks to these wonderful volunteers for all of their support! Learn more.

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Our Community Advisory Council is a group of adults committed to raising awareness of ChicagoCAC and our resources. Together with our staff, they help plan our Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, and they’re already working on our 2017… Read More

To Prevent Sexual Assault, Schools and Parents Start Early

Preventing sexual assault starts early, and it’s our responsibility as adults to keep kids safe and teach them how to stay safe as they go out on their own. Check out this great piece from NPR, and start… Read More

The Sounds of our Family Hope Center

From outside the door to our Family Hope Center, you can hear giggles and squeals from kids of all ages waiting for their or their siblings’ appointments. Each week, our therapists help clients learn how to express their feelings, how to better communicate with their family, and what healing looks like for them. Meanwhile, our child life team leads games and activities that help caregivers and kids pass the time in productive, healthy ways. Learn more about the Family Hope Center.

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From outside the door to our Family Hope Center, you can hear giggles and squeals from kids of all ages waiting for their or their siblings’ appointments. Each week, our therapists help clients learn how to express their… Read More

We exist 2016 Recap

Thank you to everyone who made “We exist” possible! We were thrilled to share our work, our children’s stories and our caregivers’ experiences preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting child sexual abuse. View event photos on our Facebook page. If you weren’t able to make it to the exhibit, be sure to check out our virtual gallery and resources to continue recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month throughout April!

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Thank you to everyone who made “We exist” possible! We were thrilled to share our work, our children’s stories and our caregivers’ experiences preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting child sexual abuse. View event photos on our Facebook… Read More