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Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW is a founder and the Chief Operating Officer of KidSafe Foundation. As a clinical social worker, Cherie has spent the last 25 years advocating on the behalf of children and families. Inspired by a child who disclosed her own abuse in 1990, Cherie set her personal mission to prevent sexual abuse. While working as a school guidance counselor and mental health therapist Cherie specialized in violence prevention/conflict resolution, active parenting, and personal safety. She is an award winning coauthor of “My Body is Special and Belongs To ME!” and won the 211 Broward Rising Star Nonprofit Award in 2013. Cherie is the backbone of KidSafe Foundation, with her highly organized, systematic and detail oriented focus, she has ensured that programs have launched with the highest degree of efficacy.  She holds a masters degree in Social Work from Boston University.

 

kidsafe1Sally Berenzweig, Med, MA is a founder and the Executive Director of KidSafe Foundation, the industry leader in child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention education.  For more than 25 years Sally been at the forefront of this cause, initially counseling victims of sexual abuse and then later developing a proven prevention program, she has helped equip her community to better protect children. Sally is an established expert in child safety, internet safety and she coauthored “Jack teaches his friends to be KidSafe!” and the 2011 Literary Award Winning children’s book “My Body is Special and Belongs To ME!”.   She is a much sought after national speaker; her energetic and charismatic style helps engage people to share in her mission of prevention.  She holds a masters degree in Elementary Education and Counseling Psychology.  As a result of her long-standing commitment and tireless work on the behalf of children and families, Sally received the 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service.

 

90%
90 Percent of the time a child is harmed by someone they know.
75%
75 percent of children will share personal information online in exchange for goods/services
28%
28 percent of runaway youths have a history of sexual abuse
25%
25 percent of children are bullied everyday, 33% of those are bullied via the internet.

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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