Press Release: KidSafe Foundation Empowers Penn State Students

For Immediate Release Contact: Sally Berenzweig
sallyb@kidsafefoundation.org
Phone 561-715-1077
December 8, 2011

 

KidSafe Foundation Empowers Penn State Students through a Wristband Awareness Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse

Boca Raton, FL The KidSafe Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to bring Prevention Education Safety Programs to both children and adults nationally, announces partnership with Penn State Students to raise awareness of child abuse. KidSafe Foundation received numerous emails from Penn State students about Penn State Football Administrative Staff’s Child Abuse Cover Up and their sense of feeling powerless and eager to “make a difference.” Penn State students, led by sophomore, Briana Hauser, partnered with KidSafe Foundation to distribute blue rubber wristbands to students that state “Prevent Child Abuse” to continue to raise awareness. The KidSafe Foundation’s website is printed on the wristbands for more information on Prevention Education Programs, decrease child abuse, education tools for adults and additional resources.

Education is key since one out of three girls and one out of six boys will be sexually exploited before the age of 18. KidSafe believes that children deserve the right to be safe, the right to have a voice and to learn how to access help. Adults need to know how to talk to children (in a non-threatening or scary way) and how to openly talk with their children about personal safety.

“When the Penn State Scandal broke the world woke up to the epidemic of child abuse. This was not ‘new’ news to those of us in the field of child safety, as we know child abuse is happening everywhere, it is just not making the headlines. The Penn State students began reaching out to us for information and ways they can help prevent child abuse. That’s why we are so excited that Briana Hauser is spearheading the distribution of the wristbands. We hope students will wear them and continue to raise awareness of child abuse – it’s an epidemic and we need to treat it as one – all children and adults need prevention education” –

Sally Berenzweig, M.Ed, MA Founder KidSafe Foundation

“This is not a local isolated problem. This is a global problem. The Daily Collegian’s reporter Danae Blasso also got involved by writing a piece on KidSafe and student Briana Hauser and their joint effort to raise awareness of child abuse. We are so proud of the Penn State student body for their pro-active involvement in this awareness campaign and making a difference. They have joined together to show the world they care – making strides to Keep Kids Safe!!!” –

Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW Founder KidSafe Foundation

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About The KidSafe Foundation

The KidSafe Foundation is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit dedicated to providing Prevention Education to children, parents, teachers and guidance counselors to decrease abuse, bullying, abduction and online safety issues. Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW the Cofounders of KidSafe, Child Safety Experts, Educators, Public Speakers, Authors and most importantly two moms on a mission to keep children safe. They have taught over 20,000 children throughout South Florida and have brought their workshops and seminars to thousands of adults. To learn more about KidSafe Foundation please visit their web site 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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