My school district has been very proactive in the education of our staff and students about the subject of childhood sexual abuse. There are several lessons taught by the school counselors and community agencies who come into the schools for sexual abuse prevention programs. There are trainings for counselors and teachers on mandated reporting and warning signs of physical and sexual abuse. Most recently, the district has asked the counselors to read Off Limits: A Parent's Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse. I am reading this book as both a counselor and a mother. It is certainly not easy to read this type of book because of the graphic nature of the content. With that being said, I feel that it is important for EVERY parent, teacher, counselor, school administrator and child care professional to be educated in preventing childhood sexual abuse.
Below is the book description. The cost of the book is $20.00 on Amazon but I would be more than happy to lend out my copy if anyone is interested.
"Sexual abuse of children is a very real danger, from big cities to rural towns. But by following the practical advice in Off Limits, parents and teachers responsible for the safety and welfare of children - from toddlers to teens - can make their children's worlds much safer. The book, written by two leading experts on sexual abuse prevention, gives an understanding of what child sexual abuse is; who sexually abuses children; how to recognize warning signs that someone may be sexually abusing a child; how and where abusers gain sexual access to children; now abusers keep their victims quiet; how to help a child who has been sexually abused; how to help a child who is abusing other children; and how to keep children safe from abuse."