Sexual abuse: “My body belongs to me”

My body belongs to me, (My Body Belongs to Me) is a children’s book author Jill Starishevsky, which tells a story that few want to face much less read: that of a child who is sexually abused.

It is important to know that the book helps parents understand the importance of taking sex education as something natural and discuss the child’s genitals naturally to protect it from potential sex offenders.

Details controversial story

The book has caused such a commotion that even the publishing house that initially showed interest in publishing it at the last moment he refused because the author did not accede get the only part of the story with which the publisher was uncomfortable: inappropriate contact between the protagonist, a little boy and his assailant, the friend of an uncle.

But like all children’s story, “My body belongs to me” has a happy ending, because the child manages to overcome his fear and with great courage communicates what has happened.

About the Author

The author Jill Starishevsky, a mother of three children and crimes prosecutor sexual abuse and child abuse in New York for more than a decade, is well acquainted with abuse and trauma that victims of sexual abuse children have silently suffered for years.

The author explains that it was his personal search for titles that will facilitate the task of educating their young children about sexual abuse, what prompted you to write “My Body Belongs to Me”. She claims that no other books that address the issue of sexual abuse with a vocabulary suitable for a child in pre-school age, but that break barriers and taboos of talking about sexual abuse, and explicitly convey the prevention message.

“I try to break the taboo surrounding sexual abuse. The taboo not let anyone talk about this issue … How we aim to put our children tell us what happens but we’re talking about,” said Jill Starishevsky in interview . She also chatted with us about the 10 reasons why parents do not tell their children from sexual abuse.

About the book

As any publication, the book has its supporters and its detractors. Some parents have complained that the book is very crude and inappropriate for the child reader (the book are recommended for children between 3 and 8 years old), but others consider it a new tool that helps explain the sad sexual abuse in a simple vocabulary for any child to understand. The author would especially recommend for parents of disabled children as being “easy victims” of sex offenders, as they have proven studies conducted by the Department of Justice. No definitions of sex or sexuality the book only talks about the body’s anatomy.

The book is only 19 sentences but conveys a powerful message to children prevention. It also has a section entitled “Suggestions for the narrator” section for parents, including tips for easy questions to ask the child after reading or the narrator can use to start the conversation on the subject.

Starishevsky hopes to translate the book into Spanish for the summer, and by the time everyone who is interested in acquiring it can do so through their website.


US sexually according to reports from the American Pediatric Association (APA) 25% of adult women and 10% of adult men remember being abused when they were children or teenagers. Studies APA reported that victimization occurs between 8 and 12 years old. While most victims are girls, boys are also abused. Similarly, even if people unknown to the victim also sexually assaulted children, 80% of cases perpetrators of abuse are known to the child and are a caregiver and the child whom you have confidence.

It is taboo, no one wants to face it until it happens, explains Starishevsky. Although for years the children have been assaulted, and even multiply as has been the most recent event reported in the Miramonte School in the City of Angels, experts insist that talk preventively and in keeping with the age of each child about what sexual abuse is healthy and provides protection from anyone, whether adults, children, relatives or friends who want to hurt him.

Sources: Jill Starishevsky, CDC, Time magazine, American Pediatric Association (APA). Photo by: Jill Starishevsky.