Prevention Education Can Save Children

This letter was sent to us after we did a Sexual Abuse Prevention Training with Foster Families thanks to an amazing grant we received from The Paul Palank Memorial Foundation and the Broward County Sheriffs Office. We are posting as a blog so you can read about how effective prevention education can be and the REAL necessity for it. We will reread this when we are overwhelmed and asking ourselves – “Can we really make a difference?” They answer is YES! So please read and pass on so that we can make this world a safer place for all children.

 

“I want to take a moment to explain what an impact Cherie Benjoseph and her book “My Body is Special and Belongs to ME” had on my family, without breaching the confidentiality of my case.  After our training class (on Saturday, 1/28/12) I went home and discussed the book with my kids.  They were very engaged and asked a lot of questions about “unsafe touches” as well as actions that made them feel confused and uncomfortable.  That night they revealed some additional information to me that was not mentioned before in this case.  Five days later (at the most inopportune time I might add) the girls revealed a plethora of incidents that they were exposed to.  I believe that without the combination of the book and the “poker face” training and me building a trusting relationship with the girls we may have never gotten to this point.

 

I can go on all day talking about how much we love these kids and the actions we take to protect them, but we were missing an extremely important element that could have very easily gone unnoticed.  I cannot express how grateful I am that these kids will never be part of the statistics that don’t speak up.  I don’t know how I would have reacted to receiving what they were telling me if I wasn’t told to have a poker face and reassure them about how brave they are and how happy I was that they felt like they could trust me with that information.  They started the conversation shy and uncomfortable and at the end they were smiling and looked as if a huge load was taken off their shoulders.  They were proud of themselves.  And now they tell me every little thing that ever happens 🙂  I don’t think that there was ever a lack of trust.  I feel that perhaps it never dawned on the girls that these things that happened to them were wrong and needed to be reported.  Whatever the reason, I plan to read this book to every child I ever come in contact with.  I have already shared it with family, coworkers and friends (but I told them that they had to buy their own!). Thanks again! G”

 

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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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