January 25, 2010

LKL Web Exclusive: Stacey Honowitz on talking about sexual abuse

Posted: 12:39 PM ET

NOTE: This is a LKL web exclusive by Stacey Honowitz, FL State Prosecutor and frequent LKL guest.  Honowitz is also the author of "My Privates are Private."

In today's society, "My Privates are Private" should be a staple in every household with children. This book was written to put both parents and children at ease when discussing this difficult and delicate subject matter.

The reality is this; sexual abuse is widespread in our culture and the idea of having a discussion about it can be uncomfortable and awkward. Sexual abuse has no boundaries, and because the crime is so secretive, we have come to learn that it touches every race, socio-economic and religious background, never really steering clear of anyone.

These are the reasons that I wrote the book; because after years of prosecuting these cases there was one theme that resonated throughout most of the cases I filed and ultimately went to trial on. Kids were afraid to speak up, to tell someone what was going on, and the idea of reporting someone made them feel bad.

Betsy Boodle puts all of those thoughts to rest. This little girl shares the importance of reporting, speaking your mind and not feeling guilty for making the report. The book is in a playful, limerick format which is not intimidating, which makes the message much easier to remember. Betsy says "even though I am young and short, I won't be afraid to go to court" and parents should not be afraid to discuss a subject that could change their lives.

(read more of Stacey Honowitz' commentary HERE)

Filed under: Justice • LKL Web Exclusive • Stacey Honowitz

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