84. Courageous Conversations About Childhood Sexual Abuse with Feather Berkower

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and in this episode Debbie talks with Feather Berkower, a leading expert in sexual assault prevention. Feather has been on the podcast before (Episode 19: Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Abuse), and today we delve deeper into how to have uncomfortable conversations, with both adults and children, to promote sexual abuse prevention.

We 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 abuse occurs, and how to talk to children after a disclosure of abuse.

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About Feather Berkower:

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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 child sexual assault. Using her community-based approach, she has trained over 100,000 school children, parents, and youth professionals across the United States.

Resources:

The Parenting Safe Children webpage

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

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