Empowering Children and Adults to Talk About Child Abuse
Our SungateKids SafeKids prevention program is presented by highly trained prevention specialists who encourage children, educators, and caregivers to feel more comfortable talking about child abuse.
A pivotal part of our SungateKids SafeKids program involves a comprehensive 45-minute, interactive assembly program for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. During this program, students meet our SungateKids SafeKids life-sized puppet “kids” who use a child-friendly, interactive, peer-to-peer format to discuss their experiences with physical and sexual abuse and teach them ways to stay safe. The assembly deals with both child physical and sexual abuse, and teaches students many important lessons such as:
- Abuse is never a child’s fault
- The importance of telling a trusted adult when you feel unsafe or things just “don’t feel right”
- If the first adult you tell about your experience doesn’t believe you or provide help, you need to keep speaking up and talking to different adults until someone does.
Additionally, SungateKids SafeKids provides both educators and caregivers an opportunity to learn about this topic while giving them specific tools to help keep children safe from abuse. The program is presented at no cost to schools or participants and puts not extra burden on classroom teachers.
SungateKids SafeTalks is a unique and innovative program designed to help parents and caregivers discuss the issue of safety and child abuse with the preschool-aged children in their lives. Based upon SungateKids’ 25 years of experience as a child advocacy center and working in the field of child abuse, this program also embraces the philosophy that the best weapon in the fight against child abuse is to talk about it.
This program teaches adults how to broach the subject of sexual abuse with younger children by learning how to be more comfortable discussing the topic while using age-appropriate language.