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Child Abuse and Neglect Response

If you suspect or know that a child is being abused, call the Illinois child abuse hotline right away. In Chicago, reports of child sexual abuse are referred to Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. 

For Teen and Adult Survivors

Youth and Adults with Sexual Behavior Problems

Help and Hotlines

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)
  • It’s MY Body – Lory Freeman (ages 3-8)
  • Loving Touches – Lory Freeman (ages 3-8)
  • The Right Touch – Sandy Kleven (ages 3-8)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • My Body is Private – Linda Walvoord Girard (ages 6-11)
  • The Swimsuit Lesson – Jon Holsten (ages 6-11)
  • Fred the Fox Shouts “No!” – Tatiana Y. Kisil Matthews (ages 3-8)

Books about Sexual Development and Safety

  • The Sex-wise Parent – 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 –
    T. 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 –  D. Haffner
  • What’s the Big Secret? Talking about sex with boys and girls – Laurie Brown
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives – Ruth Bell
  • It’s Perfectly Normal – Robbie Harris
  • It’s So Amazing – Robbie Harris

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 abuse – Ellery Akers (ages 7-12)

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