Child Abuse is NOT on the Decline!

Recently we have been receiving emails, comments and posts asking if child abuse is not as big of a problem as we believe it is. Even some experts in the field of child safety have been quoted as saying “child abuse is on the decline.” Don’t believe it!

 

Yes it’s true that every day you can watch the news and read the paper and more and more there are stories about child abuse. But don’t think for a second that because it’s becoming more mainstream for reporters to write about child abuse or that child abuse is on the decline.  

 

 

The truth is, researchers and child abuse experts can’t agree about this and the reason is…child abuse is a silent epidemic. The statistics of 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited before they reach the age of 18 is touted, however, those are only statistics from reported and substantiated cases of abuse. The stats are inaccurate as most children don’t report.

 

We have had adults of all ages, female and male, share their history of abuse – some telling their story for the first time to us, after they have heard us speak at a KidSafe seminar. Where are these people in the statistics? They are not included. So think of this….If adults can’t tell until they are much older or never, how could we possibly think that children will?

 

 

This is why we must NOT believe even for a second that child abuse is on the decline and become complacent. Instead understand that child abuse is a silent epidemic which needs our attention and voice now more than ever. It is essential to every child’s safety and wellbeing to provide education and support so they will feel “safe” to come forward, “learn” skills to protect themselves, “understand” how to access help and most importantly that it is NEVER their fault. Providing prevention education to children and adults is the only way will we be able to make a dent in child abuse and report “this silent epidemic” is on the decline.

For more information on how to help www.kidsafefoundation.org

 

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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