About Stacey Honowitz
After graduating from Nova SouthEastern University Law School in South Florida, she headed straight to the Broward County State Attorney's Office. She wanted to work in that office because"you cannot beat the experience of being in trial and facing all of the different challenges that might come your way." The woman that enjoys a challenge says that after being hired "you are immediately thrown into trial work and have to learn to think on your feet." She loved it then, and still does, which is why she rejects offers every now and then to go into private practice. She moved up quickly in the office, heading to the Special Unit of Sex Crimes and Child Abuse, where she currently acts a Supervisor over other attorneys in the Division. She has been in this unit for 20 years and in the office for almost 24 years.
She tries most of the high profile cases that come into her unit, and does not reject the press that comes along with them. "I think the public should see how sexual abuse affects the everyday life of people." The media attention that followed her cases also followed her, and the television world and news anchors liked her honest attitude and hardcore dedication to the victims.
Soon she became a regular on CNN, Headline News, MSNBC, and FOX, and the morning shows including Good Morning America. She was featured on CBS News 48 Hours, and has appeared on Dateline NBC. She also became a regular commentator on Larry King Live, sitting on his panels for about six years.
Honowitz is not only a prosecutor, but she is also her own publicist, scheduling her weekly TV appearances, as well as her speaking engagements. She admits it keeps her busy, but all of these activities help in promoting her childrens' books. She has two important books now in circulation, appropriately entitled "My Privates are Private" and "Genius with a Penis, Don't Touch!" The books were not easily picked up by publishers as they were not confident that the subject matter would "sell". "I had such a difficult time trying to gets these books published because people were unaware that sexual abuse was such a problem." I knew these books would provide the necessary tools for parents and kids and needed to be on the market, so I used my own money and published them myself."
She was aware how delicate this area of the law was, but because of her work, and her own market research she knew that parents were thirsty for this information and kids might no longer be afraid or ashamed to tell if they were abused.
The books, which can be found on Barnes and Noble. com and Amazon.com teach children about private parts, and the importance of reporting to an adult if someone has touched them. "I wrote the books to take away "the fear factor" in reporting." They are in limerick form, which makes the message easy to remember. She believes that the books should be in every household, school, and pediatrician's office which is why she is constantly getting publicity for them in media outlets. She knows that it is time for people to stop ignoring this epidemic. One of the important messages that Stacey tries to get across to everyone is that "anyone can be a victim." Education is the key and knowledge is power. Parents need not fear education, and in turn need to educate their children. Adults are sometimes scared and shy away from engaging in this conversation, but parents should realize that embracing this information could help to save a child's life.
Hoping to get the books the attention and exposure they deserve, Honowitz wants to get them into the hands of a celebrity. "If someone famous endorses a product, people will listen. Believe me, just because they are a celebrity does not mean that their kids could not be the victims of these crimes."
"The goal of these books is simple, says Stacey, it is to encourage parents and children to have a frank discussions about sexual abuse, and to enable kids to be able to protect themselves." "The long lasting effects of being a victim, and then keeping it a secret are devastating, and failing to discuss these issues with your kids is truly "parental malpractice."
Stacey states that parents often want to know how to start these discussions. The first important facts that parents need to know is that they should never be ashamed to discuss private parts, and the proper names for them. There is no shame that goes along with this information, and really what matters the most is keeping the lines of communication open with their children. Parents also need to be attentive to the activities of their children and who their kids are spending time with, both during the day and in the evening. More importantly they should be aware that nobody is immune from being a victim of a sex crime and that people we would never suspect could actually be the perpetrators.
Honowitz admits "after many years in this business, the idea of saving everyone is not possible, I will never be able to stop sexual abuse, but we can teach our kids that reporting what happened to them is the first step in making the abuse stop". She believes that if they know these important lessons, kids will never become "perpetual victims."
"She never lets up," her close friend David Frankel says, "She has this ability to take on people's most personal things but not let it destroy her which is a rare gift." She soldiers on, and that's her niche."