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Resources For Parents to Address Child Sexual Abuse

When working to prevent child sexual abuse, it's crucial we engage parents and communities. This shift in child sexual abuse prevention is important for several reasons: children cannot bare all of the burden of protecting themselves, adults have more resources and influence over community norms, and this is consistent with our work broadly in sexual violence to change conditions that support perpetration. Below are a variety of resources to be given to or used with parents of young children. These help parents begin the conversation with topics such as trust, boundaries, assertiveness, developing autonomy, accurately naming body parts, and developing healthy sexuality, and continue on to more in-depth topics such as identifying grooming behaviors and becoming an engaged and active bystander in their community.

Where We Live: A Manual for Engaging Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

  • This resource contains a facilitator's manual and four-session curriculum that addresses boundaries, healthy sexuality, healthy relationships, and bystander action.
  • Parents learn through a variety of activities with their peers during the sessions and then continue to expand their understanding and impact through take-home activities with their children.
  • Curriculum and manual is available in the WCSAP library. Access online as well.

It's Time To Talk To Your Kids About Healthy Sexuality

  • These tri-fold brochures give parents information about healthy sexual development for children, why it is important to talk to children about sexuality, and tips for having these conversations.
  • Available electronically in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Russian. Print copies of this resource in English and Spanish also available for WCSAP members.

Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors: What's Natural and Healthy

  • This 26-page booklet helps prepare parents to identify and support healthy sexual behaviors as well as equips them to be active bystanders when problematic, potential abusive behavior is displayed in their community.
  • Print copies of this resource in English and Spanish are available for WCSAP members.
  • For more information, see Toni Cavanagh Johnson's website:

A Very Touching Book

  • This colorfully illustrated book can be read aloud to children.
  • This book does an excellent job at explaining the different types of touch -- it is not limited to simply good and bad but explains how some touches that may feel good can actually be bad touches. It also explains medically accurate terms for body parts.
  • Available in the WCSAP library.

It's My Body

  • This book teaches children that they have ownership over their own body and can restrict others from touching them in simple language.
  • Available in the WCSAP library.

Start the Conversation / Inicie la conversación

The WA State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

  • The OSPI website has information about identifying grooming behaviors. These are applicable tips regarding both older students and adults in the community that may exhibit grooming behaviors. There is also another PDF on how to talk to children provides guidance for adults on how to appropriately address these safety concerns with children.


Reviewed: July 1st, 2015