Teaching children about boundaries and consent has a protective effect against sexual abuse by showing them that they can trust their instincts and that they have the right to say no when someone else touches them in a way that makes them uncomfortable. In book 4 of the "Kids Have Problems Too" series, five-year-old, Kaylee tells the story of what happended when best friend's big brother crossed her boundaries and how her caregivers supported her.
I wrote this book to provide caregivers, teachers, school counselors, and clinicians with a tool to help kids begin to talk about safe touch, unsafe touch and unwanted touch. I hope you find this book and the subsequent discussion questions and tips helpful as you support a child in your care.
Dawn Ellicott Clinkscale, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a motivational speaker in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a trauma-trained therapist, experienced in working with children and families in community-based programs, residential treatment facilities and in private practice. She is married and together, she and her husband Lonnie have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.