Keeping Kids Safe is Adults Job!
Statistics tell us that over 90% of sexually abused kids know and trust the offender. And, that 80% of child sexual abuse happens in one on one situations.
What Does that Tell us?
It tells us that that sex offenders who are looking to abuse our kids need our cooperation to do so. What does that mean? It means that most parents don't know the signs of grooming, or how to establish rules about boundaries for and with their kids to minimize the risk and ensure their safety at home and away from home.
Like with any other safety concern (car seats, pool, bike helmets), when we understand how, we are much better equipped to deal with and prepare for any possible risk. It does not mean that we don’t go ride our bikes, or swim in the pool. We go out of our way to protect kids by being vigilant while they swim and making sure that they understand the risk and when they are old enough, teach them to swim.
That is the power of prevention!
Attend an evening presentation for parents on how to start to keep your kids safe from child sexual abuse:
This presentation will give you the basics of child sexual abuse, how it happens, outline for your family safety plan and the questions you should be asking any youth serving organization that provides services for your family.
To have Svava Brooks bring this presentation to your school, church or PTA meeting please send her a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the parent presentation you
Join a group of parents to practice!
Talking About It Is The First Step
Practicing in a safe group with other parents helps to prepare yourself to sit with your kids to talk about child sexual abuse safety. You can take what you learn from our program and use it to create a family safety plan that you and your family are comfortable with.
Discussing with other parents, asking the questions parents need to ask any youth service organization to ensure they are making sure your child is safe at all times.
Practicing saying the words to a friend and out loud is helpful when you are planning to start a conversation with your child or anyone about this topic.
Discussing with other parents how to model healthy boundaries and teach your child that they have the right to refuse a hug or kiss from anyone.
Sharing tools, books, and cartoons that are age appropriate for your child to learn about their bodies, secrets and for older kids about sex.
“You made a subject that is extremely sensitive, very safe and easy to talk about.” Gabriella Marrewa, Mother of 2, Co-Chair of Rainbow Kids Integral Preschool
“I would highly recommend this presentation to anyone who is a parent, anyone who plans to be a parent, or anyone in a position to teach children these important tools so that we as a community can protect them and help them protect themselves.” Carolyn Sam, AmeriCorps*VISTA First Things First
“I would like to thoughtfully recommend the CSA presentation to all parents, teachers, and childcare providers. It is informative without being threatening. It is helpful and thoughtful without "over-doing" it.
You will be glad this presentation crossed your path.”
Anne K. Lewis, Director, Pilgrim Children's Center
About Svava Brooks
A certified trainer and facilitator for Darkness to Light Stewards of Children, an evidence-based Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training. Svava has provided education and trainings on child abuse and prevention to thousands of adults and teenagers in Iceland and now in Southern California.
Svava is also a parent of 3 children and an advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse. She provides support groups and coaching for adult survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.
To contact Svava Brooks please email: email@example.com