Learning from Maya Angelou

Last night we had the distinct pleasure and honor to be part of an audience of more than 1000 people to hear Dr. Maya Angelou speak. She did not disappoint. One clear and poignant moment was when she shared with us that she had been raped at the age of 7 by her uncle. Her uncle told her, “If you tell anyone I will kill your brother.” Maya’s brother was 9 at the time and her superstar, her love, her confident and best friend. She was scared. Her brother could tell something was wrong and persuaded her as 9 years old can to tell him what was bothering her. She did….she told and the uncle went to jail for one day. That’s right,  just one day for taking the innocence of a beautiful 7 year old child.



When he was released from jail he was murdered. In Maya’s 7 year old mind she thought because she had used her voice and told, she had killed him. She went mute and stayed mute for a long period of time, convinced that the power of her voice had caused his death.



She found solace in poetry, she found comfort in words and finally decided to break her silence and use her voice again, to teach and help the voiceless. For us at KidSafe Foundation hearing her speak was awe inspiring, and gave strength and empowerment to our mission – giving a voice to the voiceless!



Her voice gave us something that I am not sure we can put into words. If our passion for keeping children safe was strong before, it has taken new life, new energy and a new found purpose. We at KidSafe Foundation urge you to join our cause. The strength in numbers is obvious  – what one person can do is instrumental. Help us give children a voice. To find out more information about our cause and how you can help www.kidsafefoundation.org



"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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