Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse – What YOU need to Know!

Jared Fogel

With the recent news that longtime Subway sandwich pitchman Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child abuse images that he knew had been secretly produced by the former director of his charitable foundation, we at KidSafe Foundation could not let this moment pass without making this tragedy a teachable moment for all parents.

 

 We would like you to take this opportunity to raise your awareness of the dangers to your children both online and in the real world. There are a staggering 42 million adult survivors of abuse – 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited before the reach the age of 18. 1 in 10 students will be the recipient of sexual misconduct by the hands of an educator – and 90% of children who are sex trafficked have a history of child sexual abuse. It makes us want to shout “Wake up world – we have an epidemic on our hands and what are we going to do about it? How can we keep our most precious citizens – the future leaders of this world safe?”

 

 

KidSafe has one answer…….EDUCATION. Who needs to be educated? All children, parents, teachers, professionals.

 

First children need to be taught they have the right to be safe. To say “no” to anyone (friend/adult/family member) that makes them feel confused, uncomfortable or unsafe. Just because it’s an adult does not mean blind obedience. Children need to be taught the difference between REPORTING and tattling. Reporting is going to a trusted adult about any safety issue.  Children need to understand the difference between a safe touch and unsafe touch, about good secrets and bad secrets and recognize 3 trusted adults they could go to if they had any kind of problem.

 

 

If something unsafe happens to a child we of course want them to be able to tell. But the burden of telling cannot and should not be placed on a child. This is where the education of all adults is crucial in protecting children. All adults need to be provided with sexual abuse prevention training so they understand the dangers, gain knowledge on signs and symptoms of a child in need, recognize when a child is being groomed by an offender, and understand the importance of REPORTING to authorities if they have a suspicion a child is being harmed. Every adult MUST be the first line of defense in a child’s safety.

Some tips for parents:

 

Monitor your children’s online world – it is a privilege not a right to use technology and if they want to use it – you need to monitor it. Communicate with your child about the dangers online and in the real world. Remember these are not one time conversations – but a series of conversations as a natural part of your parenting. Remember we are talking about prevention – don’t wait until you have a crisis – prevent a crisis from happening and discuss “What if” scenarios with your children.

 

95% of abuse and exploitation is preventable with education- what are you going to do right now to do your part in keeping children safe? It takes a village and we at KidSafe need your help and support to continue to provide crucial education to keep KidSafe.

 

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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