Boston Police, Family Justice Division April 7, 2005
"As commander of the Family Justice Division of the Boston Police Department (which includes the Sexual Assault Unit, the Child Sexual Assault Team, the Domestic Violence Unit, and the Sex Offender Registry) I can recommend this book to many of our partners in the schools and community. I will recommend this for the elementary teachers who are charged with teaching this material. Thank you for the opportunity to read it"
JUDITH B. FOX
New Beginnings Counseling Service P.C.
"We at New beginnings counseling service are so excited to finally have a tool "My Private Places' children's book, Teachers Manual and Parent Guide that is so empowering for everyone. This material is written through the lens of children with appropriate guidance to insure adult follow through!!! I respectfully endorse this material."
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater Springfield
"Nancy does a great job helping young people to understand the value of theier bodies and how important it is that they do their best to protect themselves grrom potential sexual predators. Not only does the message of My Private Places do a worthy job of giving children hope, it also provides practical and easy to understand techniques conducive to overall safety."
Nationally Recognized Special Needs Advocate
Member of Sped/Pac & Best Buddies
“As an advocate for my child as well as other children with special needs, I am constantly thinking about how to keep our children with developmental disabilities safe from predators. In my position working and communicating with families and children with disabilities, I know the unsettling safety concern when your child is not able to advocate for themselves. The statistics are alarming showing that our most vulnerable children with developmental disabilities are sexually assaulted more frequently by a factor between 4 and 10.
Nancy Goode Talalas has written a wonderful book and teaching tool for parents and educators. This book has given me the tools to teach my child about this topic that is so important. Children of all abilities need to hear the words in Nancy’s book; words that will help to empower them against predators. The illustrations are beautifully done and I find that the message is easily translated so that all children can understand the message of “My Private Places”. I will recommend this book to fellow special needs advocates, friends and family. This is an easy to read book that teaches in a straightforward manner. Thank you Nancy for writing such an important book for all of our children.”
Award Winning Sexual Abuse Prevention Advocate
* 2013 Public Police Advocacy Award
* 2010 Massachusetts Missing Children's Award
* 2006 Unsung Heroine Award at the Boston Statehouse
"Being a Sexual Abuse Prevention Advocate for over 10 years, I realize the importance of educational resources to prevent sexual abuse. The "My Private Places" children's book is very well written, to the point and not scary at all for the little ones to hear. I only wish this book was available to me when I was young and being abused. I truly believe this book should be given out to all children in all schools. I plan on sharing this resource to all - great work Nancy!"
JULIE E. FAY
Early Intervention Developmental Specialist
NRSD School Committee Member
Mother of Four
"Nancy, Your book is straight forward, easy for kids to understand, and definitely important to share. As an Early childhood educator and parent of four it is often challenging to find appropriate ways to give children information about difficult subjects without frightening them. Your book does this perfectly. I will be sharing with my children, friends, and colleagues."
Licensed Social Worker
Solutions for Families & Children
"The subject of child safety in general and sexual abuse in particular has been sorely missing from school curriculums. Considering the Statistics, this has proven a dangerous omission. I believe that talking to young children and their parents about the prevalence of abuse in our society is an absolute necessity. It's not going to go away! Congratualations on your extraordiary efforts on behalf of our children!"
Volunteer, Child Advocate
Mother of 3
Child Sexual Abuse Survivor
“I am always looking for new tools to share with adults that will help them talk with children about the sensitive subject of body safety. “My Private Places” is a book I will be recommending. The book is easy reading with sweet illustrations. Reading this with children will help open the lines of communication about sexual abuse. I especially like that the book stresses that NO ONE is allowed to touch them in their private areas. Which sadly reinforces the statistics, that over 90% of children are sexually abused by someone they know and trust. Great resource to empower our children”.
St. Ann School
"As a pre-school Teacher , I really look forward to using the "My Private Places" safety program as a part of my curriculum. What a wonderful beautiful children's book. The illustrations were calming, and peaceful. I felt so good looking at them. The ending was strong and tied the whole message together. Wonderful work!!! Your artwork and words fit what a child needs to hear and see."
Boston Public Library
"Nancy Talalas has written an excellent book for young children and adults to share. Each illustration is realistic and appropriate to the content of the messages throughout the book. This is a wonderful teaching tool for any School, Church, and Doctor's office or anywhere children's safety is a concern. Reading "My Private Places" to children is a great introductory source to promote child safety. I highly recommend "My Private Places"!