At the same time during the early 80’s when I confronted my own past, the school systems were mandated to offer new curriculum to grade school children about how to avoid unwanted touch and to tell an adult if something did not feel right.
It was empowering to work with both grade schools, principals and nurses, as our district had two grade schools. I also felt honored to be asked. And I had ‘come out of the closet’ because I had written a letter to both schools explaining my past which is why they asked me to help.
This book was one that was included in the curriculum along with a video. It felt so satisfying that children would now learn ‘good touch, bad touch’ and that they had the right to say, “NO!” then go tell another adult. They learned where others should not touch, the parts that a bathing suit covered.
The book depicted here is one example of the simple, easy, light method used to teach young children about their bodies, that their bodies are their own, and to empower them as to who touches them; most importantly that they do have the power to decide that.
I just bought two of these books for my young grand-children, one who is two, the other, five.