Launch of Essential Children’s Book “My Body Belongs to Me” Turns an Awkward Subject Into a Natural Discussion

New York City prosecutor writes groundbreaking title to teach children their bodies are their own.

New York, NY, September 02, 2009 --( A mother of two young children, Ms. Starishevsky crafted a book that speaks to children from ages three to eight, making them aware there are boundaries when it comes to their own bodies. My Body Belongs to Me encourages them to tell a parent or teacher if someone touches their “private parts.” Starishevsky was inspired to write the book after working on a case involving a young victim who endured years of abuse and then bravely sought help after watching an episode of Oprah about sexual abuse.

The clear message of My Body Belongs to Me is that if someone inappropriately touches you, tell. Studies show that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be molested. Without educating children as to the importance of disclosing, the abuse can continue and escalate. “Just as we carefully teach youngsters what to do in case of fire, we must teach them what to do if someone touches them,” urged Starishevsky. “Through my work as a prosecutor, I realized there was a great need for a way for parents and teachers to facilitate this dialogue in a straightforward yet sensitive manner. Unfortunately, out of fear of embarrassing their children, parents often avoid this conversation until it is too late. By saying nothing to our children, we are sending them out there defenseless.”

Parents and educators need to start taking measures to protect children before something happens, and this book helps make that task so much easier. Pattie Fitzgerald, founder of Safely Ever After, a safety program for parents and kids, noted, “I have been teaching child safety classes for nearly ten years, and this is the first children’s book I’ve seen that really addresses the issues in a way that kids can understand and that doesn’t seem scary or heavy-handed.”

As licensed family and child therapist Kimberley Clayton Blaine noted, “Prevention is key when it comes to children’s personal safety. Kudos to Ms. Starishevsky for taking on this project.”

Jill Starishevsky has dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child abuse and sex crimes. Outside the courtroom, her fondness for writing led her to create, where she pens customized poems for special celebrations. She is also the founder of, a service that enables parents to purchase a license plate for their child’s stroller so the public can report positive or negative nanny observations. Starishevsky has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN International, Today in New York, Donny Deutsch’s The Big Idea and Fox News National among other news programs. By utilizing the same platform and by visiting schools, Ms. Starishevsky hopes to globally spread awareness about child sexual abuse prevention to ultimately stop the silence.

My Body Belongs to Me is available for online purchase through (Hardcover 32 pages, $14.95 U.S., ISBN 9780982121603).

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