April is Child Abuse Prevention month. Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to bring back Feather Berkower, a leading expert in childhood sexual abuse prevention. During Feather’s first visit to our podcast, she spoke to us about ways for Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Abuse. Today Debbie and Feather dive deeper into how to have uncomfortable conversations, with both adults and children, to promote sexual assault prevention.
Listen and learn:
- How to talk to children about sex and body parts in an open, developmentally-appropriate way.
- What to say to an adult whose behavior with your child makes you uncomfortable.
- A leading expert’s opinion about sleepovers, play dates, and online safety.
- The difference between normal sexual play between children and sexual abuse.
- Ways to encouraging children to tell if sexual abuse occurs, and how to talk to children after a disclosure of abuse.
About Feather Berkower:
Feather Berkower, Founder of Parenting Safe Children, is a licensed clinical social worker and one of the nation’s leading experts in child sexual assault prevention. She has dedicated her career — which now spans over three decades — to educating parents and youth professionals on how to make their communities “off limits” to childhood sexual assault. Using her community-based approach, she has trained over 100,000 school children, parents, and youth professionals across the United States.
- The Parenting Safe Children webpage
- Behaviors to watch out for when adults are with children.
- Feather’s book Off Limits: A Parent’s Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse
- The Parenting Safe Children workshop calendar and registration
- Online workshop, for those outside the Denver Metro
- Blog post Feather mentioned about sleepovers
Books for Children:
- Some Parts are Not for Sharing by Julie K. Federico
- I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private by Kimberly & Zack King
- Amazing You by Gail Saltz and Lynne Cravath
- It’s Not the Stork (ages 4+) by Robbie H. Harris
- It’s So Amazing (ages 7+) by Robbie H. Harris
- Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept by Jayneen Sanders
- What Makes A Baby by Cory Silverberg
- Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth
- Additional book recommendations on the Parenting Safe Children webpage