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Are Our Children Safe?
FBI statistics state that one in three females and one in six males will be sexually abused before the age of 18. In the average primary classroom, FIVE students have already been sexually abused.
The Center for Prevention of Abuse has provided a child sexual abuse prevention program to schools in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties since 1983. Over 10,000 students are reached each year, making the program the largest of its kind in the State of Illinois. The program is titled Keeping My Body Safe.
"Keeping My Body Safe" Curriculum
Trained staff members present age-appropriate videos for grades 1-6 and which use "The Big Book". The curriculum is for preschool through 6th grade students, and it explores the difference between normal physical contact (good touches) and sexual abuse (bad touches). Maximum preferred class size is 30 students (no minimum) and each presentation lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. Preschool and kindergarten presentations last 20-30 minutes.
You may download a copy of our curriculum outline here.
"Keeping My Body Safe" Philosophy
The Keeping My Body Safe program focuses on the prevention of childhood physical and sexual abuse. The solution towards the elimination of abuse is awareness, education, and prevention methods. The presentations stress assertiveness and self-esteem, along with the body safety rules:
Children Have A Right To:
If someone ever tries to hurt you or touch your body in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or confused, you can tell that person "NO" even if s/he is an adult.
Children should try to get away as soon as possible.
Children should also tell someone if anyone tries to do this to them, even if that person tells them it is a secret or tries to tell them something bad will happen if they tell. These are tricks to keep children quiet. Children should tell someone so it won't happen again to them or someone else.
If you should tell someone and they don't help you, tell someone else! Tell an adult you can trust - parent, grandparent, teacher, police officer, doctor, your best friend's mom. Don't be afraid... JUST TELL!
To learn more about talking with your child about body safety rules, and to download a safety worksheet to complete with your child, click here.
Praise for "Keeping My Body Safe"
Our child sexual abuse prevention program consistently receives over 95% satisfaction rating from classroom teachers each year. Below are some of the teachers. comments from the 160 evaluations received during the 2008-2009 school year:
"The presenter was very open to getting down on the floor at the children's level and that really gets the point across. The children were very ready to tell parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. They know what it is they are supposed to do if someone touches them and they do not like it."
~prekindergarten early learning center teacher
"Well done! I feel this is very important information for children to have. Thank you for the presentation."
~5th/6th grade teacher
"Our presenter related well to our 4th graders. He was able to keep their attention and yet entertained them with his amusing examples. Our students laughed but were captivated by his presentation and the seriousness of this topic. Excellent job presenting this program!"
~4th grade teacher
To learn more about Keeping My Body Safe, contact the Prevention Services Department at (309)691-0551.