Feather Berkower and Sandy Wurtele
A Parents Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse
Safter Society Press 2010
April is “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” and parents and child professionals may be curious to know what they can do to help keep their children safe from childhood sexual abuse. Feather Berkower is a renowned expert on sexual abuse prevention and the founder of Parenting Safe Children. Along with Dr. Sandy K. Wurtele, she has written the book Off Limits: A Parents Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse (Safer Society Press, 2010). In this interview, she discusses interviews she has conducted with sexual abusers to identify typical patterns of sexual abuse, and behaviors parents should look for in adults who are around their children. She provides some basic information about who is at risk, and suggests strategies that empower adults to do what they can to prevent childhood sexual abuse. She also provides advice about how to talk to children about their bodies and teach them Body Safety rules. She discusses the relationship between educating children about sexual development and reducing the risk of childhood sexual abuse. This is an important episode for anyone who wants to help prevent Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Debbie Sorensen, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist practicing in Denver, Colorado, and a co-host of the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock.