The world has woken up to the EPIDEMIC of Child Abuse……….. Now What?

 The child abuse scandal and subsequent cover up at Penn State by Jerry Sandusky and the rest of the football administration has made the world wake up to the silent epidemic of child abuse. Those of us that work in the field of child safety have always known this was happening, every day, everywhere, as a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited before the age of 18.  90% of the time children are harmed by someone they know. Now the world understands why it is so difficult for a child to report they are being abused. They know their abuser, may love them, and even trust them as 68% of the time a child is harmed by a family member.

                  We at KidSafe Foundation make our life’s work providing children ages 4 – 5th grade and adults prevention education to decrease child abuse. We feel strongly that education is the key to decreasing children from harm. This is why this particular story has made us so incredibly outraged.Why?  

               We are incredibly disappointed in Penn State’s administration’s lack of morality, turning a blind eye to child abuse and protecting the abuser instead of the children.  Our children are the future leaders of this world and right now at this moment they are learning that “It’s okay to turn a blind eye when a child is being harmed,” “Money is more important than the safety of children,” “Beloved sports heroes have more say when a crime is committed than the police who have sworn to support and protect us?” Is this the kind of world you want your children, grandchildren and future children to be living in?

             We at KidSafe Foundation don’t and stories like this just make our mission stronger to provide education to prevent children from being harmed. You are awake now, and  can no longer turn a blind eye and pretend this isn’t really happening. It is, it does and nonprofits like our’s need your help. Please join us in our efforts, because although we used to say” It takes a village to keep children safe!”…. It actually takes each and every individual to look inside themselves and ask: “If I was a child being harmed, would I want someone to just turn away?” “If it was my child or grandchild would I want someone to help?” Even as an adult “If someone was harming you, would you want help?” I think we would all unanimously say YES!…so all we can ask,  from this day forward, if you suspect a child is being harmed – reach inside yourself and ask yourself these questions and help that child. They are counting on you to do the right thing…and so are we!

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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