My Body Belongs to Me

"This sensitive, creative book about a very tough topic is a must-read for parents and their young children."

- Ann Pleshette Murphy, Parenting Contributor, "Good Morning America."
“Finally, a book that explains to children in a clear, understandable way what child sexual abuse is...”
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Free Spirit Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of My Body Belongs to Me, its much anticipated, critically acclaimed book by New York City child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor Jill Starishevsky.

Using her decade of experience, Ms. Starishevsky has crafted a book that speaks to children - it makes them aware that when it comes to their bodies, there are boundaries. It assures them that it’s OK to tell a parent or teacher if someone touches their “private parts.”

Geared toward children ages 3-10, it tells the story of a child who is touched by an uncle's friend and tells a parent. Children will respond to the rhyming text and bright illustrations. Parents and educators will find it a vital tool to initiate a lifesaving dialogue.


"...In only 19 sentences, this simple book will empower children while promoting open communication."
- School Library Journal

“Finally, a book that explains to children in a clear, understandable way what child sexual abuse is, why it’s not their fault and why it is critical to tell an adult when it happens.” -Ross Ellis, Founder and CEO, Love Our Children, USA

“With an easy rhyme and attractive pictures, this book will help both adults and children enter into a conversation about a subject that is often extremely hard for anyone to speak about, privately or publicly.” -Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH
Founder and CEO
Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.,

“Prevention is key when it comes to children’s personal safety.  Kudos to Ms. Starishevsky for taking on this project.” -Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT
Licensed family and child therapist, Founder, www.TheGoToMom.TV

“The author skillfully captures an extremely difficult subject using simple language any child can understand.” -Christine Louise Hohlbaum
Author, “Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff”

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