Why are child sexual abuse prevention programs important?
Predators who sexually violate children target kids from infants to teens, depending on their preference. Predators are usually smart, manipulative, and are often trusted adults who are present in the lives of a child. They are in every community. Children must be provided every tool possible to protect themselves from this threat. The most important tools are knowledge and the ability to properly report inappropriate behavior and touches. If children do not feel safe in the home, school is usually their safe haven. Parents, grandparents, and teachers are the three most popular choices for children to report abuse.
Susie’s Place along with Kids Talk, has developed an evidence-based program for students in grades K-12 that instructs children about these types of dangers and what to do if faced with abuse. Our programs are customized according to the cognitive abilities of children of all ages and are based on criteria determined by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and by Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center.
Susie’s Place also provides informational sessions for teachers and parents about the program and provides information about how to talk to children about the program they have seen.
Susie’s Place partners with The Indiana Department of Child Service and local Law Enforcement agencies and will be present at all presentations to assess abuse disclosures, make reports to the DCS hotline for the school and follow up with children and families.
Young children often do not understand appropriate boundaries and do not know the anatomical names for private body parts.
Body Boundaries is a presentation that includes the following:
- Identification and correct names of private body parts
- Empowers children to say no to inappropriate touches
- Teaches children to identify trusted adults to whom they can report incidents
- Teaches children that inappropriate touches are never the fault of the child
- Teaches children that victims and offenders can be any age, size, color, gender, etc. and may be someone they know.
Staying Safe in a Digital World
Todays’ teens and tweens face a more complex series of threats than elementary school children. This program briefly covers sex abuse prevention that was learned in elementary school, but also covers the more common issues for teens: Age of consent, internet and mobile device safety, and sexting. This program is technologically interactive using video and confidential Kahoot surveys and is most effective when students are encouraged to use their mobile devices as part of the learning experience.
- Definition of age of consent
- Internet safety techniques
- Method/grooming techniques used by predators on the internet
- Legal and personal ramifications of sexting, in particular with private body parts
- Likelihood of losing their phone or mobile device to law enforcement if they are investigated
- Discusses how messages that kids thought were private or deleted will be retrieved and known by police and parents
- Discusses the crimes that children can be charged with for sending, receiving or sharing pictures
- Discusses the impact if placed on a sex offender registry including college admissions, scholarships, jobs, etc.
- Informs students of popular apps that are known to be tools of pedophiles and discusses safe use of those apps.
Contact Candace Balzano,
Prevention Education Coordinator &
at 317-995-7140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org