How can we make politicians care about keeping children safe from abuse?


Tonight October 22, 2012  is the last Presidential Debate. We have been listening carefully to all of the politicians over the past months speak about the issues we are facing in today’s world. The economy, housing crisis, failing schools, Medicare…the list goes on and on. Where and when will someone in public office talk about the epidemic of child abuse and what they plan to do about it? Child abuse crosses party lines, crosses states, crosses streets – or in fact it is next-door or going on in your very own home.

 

No matter what your political affiliation is, no matter what you believe, understand this: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited before they reach the age of 18. These statistics are based on reported cases of abuse. Sadly the majority of children do not report. So it is plain to see that most children will be touched by abuse in some capacity. Isn’t this a crisis worth talking about? Can you imagine how incredible it would be if tonight the crisis of child abuse was addressed and each of them at a plan to prevent children from harm?

 

As the politicians time and time again say they are working towards a better America for our children, we are still waiting for one of them to talk directly about how they are going to make our children safer from another threat besides international terrorism? The terror which children are subjected to from all forms of child abuse is experienced by thousands of children daily. It is real, it is happening, it is an epidemic and our leaders need to address it.

 

I think we can all agree across the political spectrum that the underlying theme is to make the world a better place for children – we can make the world fiscally sound, we can turn schools around, fix Medicare and all the other issues on the agenda, but how are you going to help the future leaders of the world feel safe from abuse today? If we could ask them one question is would be: “What is your plan to protect children from abuse?”

 

So we ask: “Politicians please address how you are going to “fix” the epidemic of child abuse. Please speak up for the millions of children that have no voice. Work on the prevention of child abuse with as much effort as you put into working on the fiscal crisis. These children, the future of our country will have such a greater chance of being successful, healthy, contributing citizens if we would address the issues of child abuse today. We in the field of child safety want to change the world – But we need your help to do it.” Work with us to help keep KidSafe!

Sally Berenzweig MEd, MA & Cherie Benjoseph LCSW

Cofounders KidSafe Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

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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