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10 Reasons Parents Don't Discuss Child Sexual Abuse

     As a prosecutor of child abuse and sex crimes in New York City for the past sixteen years and a prevention specialist, I have heard all the reasons why parents don’t discuss child sexual abuse prevention with their children. I have heard them so often that I can recite them by heart. In honor of April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month, I decided it would be a good idea to memorialize the top 10 reasons why parents choose not to discuss the subject.

1. Children are seldom…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on March 22, 2014 at 4:27pm — 5 Comments

NYC Prosecutor Launches "The Innocence Revolution"- A Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse - 4/14/13

Tomorrow is The Innocence Revolution - A Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on April 13, 2013 at 2:03am — No Comments

New Miss America from NYC has Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Platform

3 Cheers for #MissAmerica from our very own #NYC. Hoping she'll join our fight against #childsexabuse… Continue

Added by Jill Starishevsky on January 13, 2013 at 6:02am — No Comments

10 Tips to a Happier 2012

For the past twenty years, I have shared one of my favorite guides, Life’s Little Instruction Book, as part of my New Year’s Eve celebration.  The book is made up of tips and advice that help one lead a fuller, happier life.  Some of my favorites include, “resist the temptation to buy a boat” and “compliment three people a day.”  Traditionally, each person I am celebrating with adds a tip to the end of the book.  One year, my brother-in-law added, “conserve water, shower with a…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on December 28, 2011 at 10:53pm — 41 Comments

10 Reasons Not to Discuss Child Sexual Abuse in 2012

I have heard them all.  I have heard all the reasons why parents don’t discuss child sexual abuse prevention with their children.  I have heard them so often that I can recite them by heart.  As the new year approaches, I decided it would be a good idea to memorialize the top 10 reasons for not discussing the subject.  I invite you to add any that may have been omitted.

  1. Children are seldom victims of sexual abuse.  Actually, according to the U.S. Centers for…
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Added by Jill Starishevsky on December 26, 2011 at 11:44pm — 14 Comments

Child Safety Tips - November Newsletter

A New Way to Watch Over Them

 

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend a launch event in New York City for the new Tommee Tippee products.  I checked out their sippee cup selection and even eyed their natural cleaning products.  But as a tried and true safety guru, I must admit I was drawn to their Closer to Nature® Digital Video Baby Monitor.  I recalled being a new parent and all the anxiety that came along with my new role. With all the firsts…
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Added by Jill Starishevsky on December 2, 2011 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Talking to Kids About Sexual Abuse - ABC News Interview

As many of you know, I prosecute child abuse and sex crimes in New York City and wrote a book to help parents talk to their children about child sex abuse prevention called My Body Belongs to Me. In the wake of the Penn State scandal, as a prevention specialist, it is difficult to watch Sandusky get so much air time and sit idly by as the media remains silent on the subject of prevention.  As such, I am sharing with my contacts, and…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on November 18, 2011 at 9:26am — 2 Comments

Child Safety Tips - October Newsletter

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

 
1.    All children should be accompanied by adults.
 
2.    Costumes and masks should not impair or obstruct mobility, sight or hearing.
 
3.    Children should carry flashlights and wear reflective clothing.
 
4.    Trick-or-treaters should take extra caution when crossing streets and intersections, especially after…
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Added by Jill Starishevsky on October 28, 2011 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Share Your Facebook Fanpage with Fellow SheWriters

Please share your Facebook Fanpage with everyone, so we know who you are and can check out your work.  Then share this post on Facebook and tweet it out so others can share it as well.

 

My Body Belongs to Me:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Body-Belongs-to-Me/121318191793…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on October 17, 2011 at 7:01am — 115 Comments

Child Safety Tips - September Newsletter

9 Tips to Recognize Child Sexual Abuse

 

 

     During the final weeks of school last year, my phone rang a lot. It seems a local teacher here in New York City had been arrested on charges of child pornography.  Parents and the school administration were very concerned that a pedophile may have been in close proximity to their children. …

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on September 19, 2011 at 4:02am — No Comments

Child Safety Tips - August Newsletter

How to Effectively Interiew a Sitter/Nanny

 

 

It is suggested you have at least two initial contacts with the prospective sitter/nanny, via e-mail and phone, and then two or three in-person meetings before you hire someone.  This will help ensure that the sitter/nanny/family…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on September 15, 2011 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Child Safety Tips - July Newsletter



3 Tips to Keep Children Safe

 

As a child safety advocate, I am often asked how to talk to children about safety in a non-scary way.  It is important to find the right time to talk to your child.  Look for teachable moments - an unplanned opportunity when the subject comes up or fits in.  It may be something that is going on in the news that creates the opportunity to discuss safety with your child.  Seize…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on July 14, 2011 at 4:36am — No Comments

Child Safety Tips - June Newsletter

3 Tips to Keep Children Safe from Sexual Abuse

 
Keeping your children safe from child predators sounds like a scary proposition, but it doesn't have to be.  The way to prevent child sexual abuse is to educate children about their bodies and encourage them to inform a trusted adult if someone touches them inappropriately.

 

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on June 27, 2011 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Child Safety Tips May Newsletter

Child Safety Tips - May Newsletter



Happy May to you! April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month has drawn to a close and what an exciting month it was.  As many of you know, we appeared on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and Oprah shared My Body Belongs to Me with her viewers.  It was an incredible experience and a terrific opportunity to inform…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on June 20, 2011 at 7:10am — No Comments

Oprah Mentions "My Body Belongs to Me" on 4/15 show

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Oprah is doing an important

show about child abuse tomorrow (4/15/11). The show revisits the case about a


boy who was chained in a closet by his father and stepmother. I make an…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on April 14, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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