The Right Touch: A Read Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

by Sandy Kleven, LCSW

Recommended by: Jennifer LB Leese
Published by Illumination Arts
Release: 1998
Format: Hard Cover (HC) 32 pages
ISBN: 0935699104

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THE RIGHT TOUCH is an excellent and useful book that parents can read to their children to talk about the difficult subject of child sexual abuse. Many parents don’t know how to start the conversation with their children-this book is perfect for it. Sandy Kleven tells a story of a little boy named Jimmy, and his mother who talk about a lot of things at bedtime.

One night, the discussion of touching came about, and the little boy in the story learned that touching in private places, for no reason by adults, or by other children, isn’t acceptable. The mother goes on to say that, there are certain times when it is okay, such as when a baby needs a diaper change, or the child has a rash. The mother goes on to teach her son how to acknowledge and follow through with warning signs when the child feels that he is in a dangerous situation.

Kleven uses age-appropriate language, understandable situations, and positive advice to help children understand the lesson in this story. The colorful and adorable illustrations by Jody Bergsma shows the child, whose hearing the story, exactly what the author wants them to learn. Kleven feels that if your child is old enough to sit still and listen for a few minutes, then they are old enough for THE RIGHT TOUCH.

THE RIGHT TOUCH is the first children’s picture book that I’ve come across that deals with such a tough topic as this in such a pleasant way.

Sandy Kleven is a licensed clinical social worker. She has worked helping families for more than twenty years. Her dealings in sexual abuse prevention include the creation of an Emmy Award-winning docudrama entitled The Touching Problem. In addition, she has had five years as a director of SOAPBox Players. Kleven now works for an Alaskan Native health corporation in Bethel, Alaska.

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