“Sis & Me is an important step in helping caregivers and adults start the conversation with children in their care about consent, boundaries, and how they can keep themselves safe,” said Carol Merna, CEO at the Center for Prevention of Abuse. “One in four females and one in six males experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday, so it’s paramount we ensure they have the specific language to stand up and speak up for themselves, as well as have an understanding of the body safety rules. I am grateful to our Prevention Education and Marketing departments at the Center for Prevention of Abuse for their hard work in writing, editing, and illustrating this book.”
Sis & Me teaches young children about body safety through its singsong and rhyming story about Sister and Brother and their day at the beach. As the siblings enjoy an outdoor adventure, they encounter a variety of friends who help teach them about safe and unsafe touches. They learn four important body safety rules: Say No, Get Away, Tell Someone, and Be Believed. The book also uses gender-neutral language during all interactions with the sea creatures and animals.
“The Prevention Education Department is proud to offer age-appropriate, evidence-based, and comprehensive programming on child sexual abuse prevention, among other topics, in the Tri-County Area,” said Laura Kowalske, Director of Prevention Education at the Center for Prevention of Abuse. “Sis & Me will not only be of use to us in the classroom and through remote learning during the school year, but it’s an excellent tool for parents, caregivers, guardians, counselors and administrative staff, as well as at daycares and other professions who interact with children on a regular basis.”
Sis & Me is complete with a “Resources After Reading” section at the back of the book full of questions and prompts to continue the conversation. CFPA also created a bonus free digital toolkit with 30+ pages of age-appropriate activities, games, and discussions available for download here. A portion of the proceeds from Sis & Me benefit CFPA and help build a safe and peaceful community.
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About the Center for Prevention of Abuse
The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is the only agency authorized by the state of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and adult protective services for survivors of abuse. Annually, CFPA serves more than 5,000 women, men, and children affected by violence and abuse. CFPA offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching more than 35,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, CFPA lives out its mission to help all people – women, men and children – live free from violence and abuse. For more information about CFPA, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233) and all victim services are free and confidential.