Abuse prevention training for schools and staff

Be the Voice

April is child abuse prevention month

32,000+ students

Susie’s Place will serve 32,000+ students

during the 2020-21 school year.

86 schools

Body Safety Plus is currently serving 86 schools in 15

school corporations across west-central Indiana.

Prevention Education Age Groups

Prevention education is different for different age groups.

For children

Prevention is about educating

young kids about their bodies

and knowing when touching

becomes inappropriate.

For teens and youth

It’s about understanding when a

perpetrator is grooming them

into a victim.

For adults

we teach people what to do if a child

tells you they have been abused and

how to react. We also teach adults how

to identify signs abuse may be

happening in a child’s life.

Susie’s Place has two

Prevention Education Programs

Adult Prevention Education Program

A program by Darkness to Light Stewards of Children for adults seeking to know the signs of abuse, how to react if and when a child discloses abuse, and how to approach children you suspect may need help.

Body Safety Plus Program for Children and Teens

A program by the Monique Burr Foundation Child and Teen Safety Matters designed
exclusively for schools and youth group leaders. This course helps kids and teens
understand safe body boundaries, what is and isn’t appropriate, sexual health and
positive behaviors, and how to come forward to disclose suspected abuse.

Research shows how prevention education helps

New research from the University of Evansville shows
prevention education may not significantly increase the
number of children who come forward and disclose abuse.
But those who do and have also taken part in prevention
education are far more likely to be detailed and specific in
their disclosures. This helps law enforcement and
prosecutors in the course of an investigation.

Keep kids safe online with these helpful guides

SmartSocial.com has this handout (PDF) of positive, neutral, and
dangerous apps for kids.

The MBF Foundation has advice for maintaining safe social digital distance.

Parents looking for materials to help kids learn about digital safety can look to Netsmartz by missingkids.org.

Caregivers can also find age-based guidelines for Internet Safety at internetsafety101.org.

Please report any instances of online exploitation of a child including misleading links or websites to The National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline. Report online or by phone at 1-800-843-5678

The students seem very engaged and it stimulated a great deal of conversation about the important topics.

— School counselor

Meet Our Prevention Training Team

Candace Balzano

Prevention Education
Program Director

Pamela Meekma

Prevention Program
Coordinator

Danna Graham

Prevention Administrative
Coordinator

Melissa Brown

Forensic Interviewer

The Susie's Place Prevention Education Team
The Susie’s Place Prevention Education Team

Do you Have

Any Questions?

Contact us today!

Candace Balzano

Prevention Education Director

Contact Susie’s Place

Susie's Place - Avon, Bloomington, Terre Haute

Susie's Place – Avon, Bloomington, Terre Haute