Meet Diane Tarantini

Hello, friend!

I’m Diane Tarantini–CSA survivor, author of The Brave Knight, and child safety educator–and I’m so glad you’re here.
Together, let’s keep the kids you love safe!


Mere months before The Great Pause shut down the world,
Diane Tarantini was asked by a child safety expert to write a book that would teach children, in a non-threatening way, the concept of “grooming,” the process by which a sexual predator gains the trust of a potential victim and sometimes their family.

The Brave Knight is that book.

Latest Blogs

Image of Bessel Van der Kolk's book, "The Body Keeps the Score"
Child Sexual Abuse

The Impacts of Child Sexual Abuse: How “The Body Keeps the Score”

How does child sexual abuse, or any trauma really, impact a person—body and soul? In his brilliant book, The Body Keeps the Score,* Bessel van der Kolk M.D. outlines the effects trauma can have on the body. According to van der Kolk, “Trauma is an event that overwhelms the central nervous system, altering the way

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Am I being groomed for sexual abuse: image of a wolf
Child Sexual Abuse

Am I Being Groomed for (Sexual) Abuse: 5+ signs to look out for

What does it look like when someone is plotting and planning a not-so-nice future with another individual, adult or child? I discovered the formula for abuse—relational and/or sexual—in Sandy Kirkham’s riveting memoir about her abuse experience at the hands of her youth pastor. Read on if you’re wondering: Am I being groomed for (sexual) abuse?

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Consent 101: The foundation of child safety--image of a chalkboard that says: Only yes is yes.
Child Sexual Abuse

Consent 101: The foundation of child safety

Does your child know what consent is? If you’ve not yet discussed consent with the kids you’re raising, make sure to schedule a time to chat about it before school starts. Because really, consent is the foundation of child safety. When you explain consent to your kids, make sure they also understand body (or bodily)

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Summertime Child Safety Tip: image of boy with Playboy magazine
Child Sexual Abuse

Summertime Child Safety Tip #1: Spot Inspections

Does summertime child safety look different than child safety the rest of the year? Actually, it does. Which is why I’m offering up today’s child safety tip. Incidents of child sexual abuse peak at certain times. After school (ie. before parents or primary caregivers return home from work) Summertime (While parents or primary caregivers are

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What Readers Are Saying

“In The Brave Knight, Tarantini articulates incredibly complex child abuse grooming techniques/dynamics (ie. desensitizing physical contact, isolation from familial supports, love for perpetrators, disparity of social power), and somehow does it in an age-appropriate, non-threatening way. A brilliant, compelling, and inspiring resource for kids and those who love them.”

Robert Peters

Senior Attorney at Zero Abuse Project, founder of Shield Task Force, former prosecuting attorney, former US Marine

“This book is a wonderful tool to spark some important conversations. My 4 year old was such a fan that she asked for it to be read three times, one by each adult in the house so that everyone would know about safety. She thought the most important lesson is that a kid can always tell their mom when someone makes them feel not safe.

On a professional note, I have worked in the child safety field for over 20 years and am always so excited when good quality materials become available for kids. This book is obviously a labor of love. It does a good job of starting quality conversations that aren’t rooted in fear, but instead are centered in empowerment.”

Alison Feigh

Director of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center at Zero Abuse Project

“As a professional who works in the field of child advocacy, I would definitely recommend this book for any child in your life. Childhood sexual abuse and grooming aren’t topics that people talk about regularly and can be uncomfortable. Diane does a great job addressing abuse in a way children can understand. The Brave Knight is a great tool for starting those conversations and an invaluable resource for children and families!”

Stacy Deel

Director of Operations and Communications at West Virginia Child Advocacy Network

“This book should be in every elementary school in the United States and in the hands of every adult engaged in the health and welfare of young people. It is not only an essential resource for empowering and equipping children but a valuable resource in identifying at risk and victimized children.”

Gregory D Cooper

APRN-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner