Call 911 for police and/or paramedic assistance if the situation is an emergency. An emergency is a situation where a child faces an immediate risk of assault that could result in death or serious harm.
If a child has made an outcry of abuse to you, always believe him or her. Statistics show that children rarely lie about such an intense and painful act. By believing the child and reporting the abuse, you will reaffirm the trust the child has in adults to protect him or her.
For non-emergencies, call either:
- Rape Abuse Incest National Network Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4663)
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)
- Your state’s Child Protective Services listed here
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. It created and operates their Hotline in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
The Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who can provide assistance through interpreters in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential. The Child Abuse Hotline crisis counselors can’t make the child abuse report for you, but are there to help you through it. State Hotlines operate in similar fashion.
In most states, call CPS (Child Protective Services) if you want them to investigate suspected child sexual abuse within 24 hours. If timeliness is not a factor, you may be able to make a report online.
If you are a parent, we strongly encourage you NOT to contact CPS directly. Contact a professional who regularly has direct contact with children for help and let him/her make the call. CPS prefers to receive reports from more objective third parties, especially professionals such as teachers, doctors, nurses, therapists and police. Generally, initial investigations of child neglect/abuse are performed by CPS. Law enforcement is called in if CPS suspects abuse/neglect and needs additional help.
Please be aware that CPS is generally swamped with investigations and it may take a while before you hear back from them. Parents are welcome to call case workers and supervisors for information but they may not have the answers that parents want when they want them.
Do not call a Children’s Advocacy Center to report child abuse/neglect. Such facilities are designed so professionals can meet together as a group to interview a child, thereby eliminating the need for the child victim to have to tell his/her story more than once. They are not open to the public.
After CPS has investigated a case, they may request assistance from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA volunteer case workers serve as voices in court for children removed from homes due to abuse/neglect. They also meet regularly with the children to determine their needs. Do not call CASA for assistance with abused or neglected children.
In most if not all states, professionals – everyone who has direct contact with children in their positions of employment – are required to make reports within 48 hours of any incidents when they suspect abuse, neglect or exploitation of children has occurred. A professional may not delegate to or rely on another person to make the report.
Sign of Child Sexual Abuse
If your child is suddenly exhibiting any of these signs, he or she may have been sexually abused:
- Changes in behavior: withdrawal, fearfulness, crying without provocation
- Night sweats with screaming or shaking, and nightmares
- Regression to more infantile behavior: bed-wetting, thumb sucking
- Loss of appetite or other eating problems
- Poorly explained injuries: bruises, rashes, cuts, genital pain or bleeding
- Sudden reluctance to be alone with a certain person
- Unusual interest in or knowledge of sexually related matters; inappropriate expression of affection
- Changes in school performance and attendance
- Lack of personal care or hygiene, such as consistently dirty or severe body odor
- Engaging in high-risk activities such, as using drugs or alcohol or carrying a weapon
Some signs that a child is experiencing sexual abuse are more obvious than others. Trust your instincts. Suspected abuse is enough of a reason to contact the authorities.
Adults Who Are Child Abuse Survivors
If you like Erin Merryn and thousands of others were sexually abused as a child, but you don’t know what to do or where to get help, please consider following these steps as outlined by Wade, a male adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse who appeared on Dr. Phil’s show.
- Be totally honest with yourself about the abuse and then talk about it.
- Let yourself off the hook, because it was not your fault. Even if you feel like you participated, it was not your fault.
- Write about your feelings on a daily basis.
- Find a therapist who you trust.
- Find a support group that you feel at home with. When you go, be open and share your thoughts and feelings.
- Say the words, “I was sexually abused, molested, raped, or sexually assaulted,” until the words lose their power.
- Forgive the past and let it all go. The good stuff, the bad stuff and the really ugly stuff –everything! Let go of everything about the past.
- If you fell into negative behaviors because of your past, forgive that too. That was just the way you learned to cope with your pain.
- Include God in your healing process. He saw it all when it occurred and hates it like you do, but he can heal you, if you let him.
- Dig deep to find the courage, strength and determination to love for yourself.
Programs – Alphabetical
Don’t forget that teaching personal safety is only one part of providing a safe environment for the students in your care; teachers, parents and non-teaching staff must also be trained in child protection in order for your school community to meet best practice.
Visit the Training section of our website to learn more about how Bravehearts can work with your school to tailor a training package that will help to strengthen its child protection culture.
Our Mission is to prevent child sexual assault in our society.
Our Guiding Values are to, at all times, do all things to serve our Mission with uncompromising integrity, respect, energy and empathy ensuring fairness, justice, and hope for all children and those who protect them.
Bravehearts aims to halve this number by 2020 with its child protection blueprint – The 3 Piers to Prevention:
All children receive effective personal safety education.
All adults are training, aware and motivated.
All systems of community and government engage effectively; adequate specialist counseling is available for all those harmed by sexual assault.
The 3 Piers to Prevention is a culmination of 19 years intensive research into how to reduce the incidence and ultimately, prevent the occurrence of child sexual assault. It forms the solid foundations to making Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child. Measurement criteria include personal safety in schools and childcare, mandatory reporting requirements, child protection policies, training and awareness programs, counseling services, inquiries, reviews and sentencing laws.
Focusing on prevention
Prevention occurs when a child ceases to become a victim – when the child uses their skills to avoid being harmed. It occurs when adults are aware and believe the disclosures of children and respond appropriately. Prevention occurs when businesses and individuals change the way they deal with child sexual assault. Prevention is in the best interests and safety of our children and is our first priority. This high quality, invaluable resource can be purchased online for ONLY $149 for the complete pack, including delivery to anywhere in Australia. To purchase for your own or your school’s resource library.
CAP is not just a curricula but a best practices prevention program implemented by local advocates who desire to protect children and strengthen families. With worldwide projects, CAP has globally trained over ten million children (grades pre-k through 12th), parents and teachers to prevent peer violence, bullying and adult sexual abuse and exploitation.
CAP projects are empowerment centers that work closely with the local school districts, parents, home school groups, and the community – providing them strengthening strategies driven by CAP’s motto that
Our mission is to help ensure the personal safety of children and youth through increased awareness, education, advocacy and action. Our program covers K-12th grade. We also offer a faith based program. childluresprevention.com/faith-based/index.asp Our goal is to prevent all forms of child victimization by teaching families, professionals and other community members how to recognize, interrupt and report inappropriate behaviors and situations. CLP/TLP helps children and teens stay safe from sexual abuse, harassment, abduction, drugs and bullying/cyberbullying. This is accomplished through:
- Emphasizing every child’s right to live free of abuse
- Promoting healthy social relationships
- Nurturing mutual kindness and respect
- Setting personal and digital boundaries
- Teaching age-appropriate Child Lures and practicing proven prevention strategies for each lure
- Identifying trusted adults
- Upholding a zero tolerance environment in which harassment & abuse are openly discussed and disclosed
Child Safety Matters is a researched, practical, and supported series of prevention education programs created by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children
(MBF) in consultation with national experts in the prevention and education fields. These primary prevention programs address the most common types of
victimization experienced by children and teens, including bullying, cyberbullying, child abuse, relationship abuse, exploitation, and digital dangers. Elementary
school (MBF Child Safety Matters™) and middle school (MBF Teen Safety Matters™) editions are currently available, and an after-school edition (MBF Child
Safety Matters is Cool After School) is currently under development.
In addition to our prevention education programs, MBF offers parents/guardians, professionals, and concerned community members a variety of other resources
to help them better protect children.
A mobile app, “Child Safety Matters,” is available at no cost from the App Store or Google Play.
We also offer one-hour, online professional development and community awareness courses, including:
- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
- Real World Safety: Protecting Youth Online and Off- Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Digital Safety course.
- Protecting Children from Child Sexual Abuse
- Preventing, Recognizing, and Responding to Human Trafficking (Coming Summer 2017)
Stacy Pendarvis, MSW, MA | Program Director
The Commit to Kids program is a step-by-step plan to help child-serving organizations reduce the risk of child sexual abuse and create safer environments for the children in their care.
The Commit to Kids program kit is priced at $75 (CAD) in 2017. As a complement to the kit, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection offers a Commit to Kids online training course, designed for individuals who are working with children, either through employment or on a volunteer basis and is available for $12 (CAD) per person (as per 2017 pricing). Specialized group/organization rates are available – inquire by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact:
Karyn Kibsey | Manager, Training and Education
CANADIAN CENTRE for CHILD PROTECTION INC.
615 Academy Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3N 0E7
tel: 204 945.4415
fax: 204 948.2461
Health World Keeping Kids Safe
Synopsis: The Keeping Kids Safe program series spans K-8thgrade. The video lesson teaches students age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention and personal body safety education. Students will learn the difference between safe and unsafe touches, safe and unsafe secrets, and how to define consent. Students will learn that the body often gives warning signals, “Uh-Oh feelings”, when something feels uncomfortable or wrong and that they should tell a safe adult about those feelings. Students will learn the Safety Rule about Touching, what parts of their body are private (those covered by a swimsuit) and how to assertively say no and tell a safe adult if the safety rule is broken. These programs emphasizes that children are the bosses of their own body, they have the right to say who touches their body, and that it is never their fault if something bad or hurtful happens. The Keeping Kids Safe programs further instill the importance of the Safety Rule about Touching to help children recognize sexual abuse. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate how to say no and tell a safe adult about uncomfortable feelings and touches through activities and role-play.
- Safe & Unsafe Touches
- The Safety Rule about Touching (Nobody should touch your private parts unless to keep you clean or healthy)
- Safe & Unsafe Secrets
- “Uh-Oh Feelings” (body’s warning signals)
- Safe & Unsafe Adults
- How to Speak up and Tell a Safe Adult
- Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse
Recommended Audience: Grades K – 2, 3rd-5th, and 6-8th grade programs
Cost: Access to Keeping Kids Safe is $75 for a one-year license. The program may also be purchased as part of an “Elementary Bundle” which provides a one-year license to access seventeen (17) health education elementary, Pre-k-5, 6-8th grade programs for $500/year.”
Programs include: Keeping Kids Safe, An Erin’s Law program, Clean Machine, Sensational Senses, Staying Healthy, MyPlate, MyBody and Accepting Yourself & Others.
For questions or more information – Health World at
The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) offers three professionally-produced, video-based child protection curricula—one geared exclusively to parents and children. This curricula includes Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real and Virtual World (22 minutes), helping parents understand the realities of child abuse and empowering them with the language and tools to talk to their children about personal safety, and You Are Not Alone (10 minutes), a program for children ages 8-14. The children’s video covers the basics of personal safety in both the real and virtual world including what makes for a safe home, how to identify an inappropriate touch to their body, who to talk to if something happens to them or someone they care about ad the dangers of sharing personal information online through social media or cell phones. The Parent/Child curriculum package costs $179 for organizations and includes a hard-copy DVD, supplemental pocket guide, and one-year of access to our online resource portal including online pre-and post-testing, facilitator support, downloadable handouts and a deluxe program guide. Users can also send invitations for the training to be completed online as part of the organizational purchase. Please contact Dianna Smoot at email@example.com or visit the DCAC website for more information.
Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Their flagship prevention training, Stewards of Children®, is an evidence-informed, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light also provides additional training opportunities on topics ranging from talking to kids about abuse to the commercial sexual exploitation of children. More than 1.5 million adults have been trained by Darkness to Light and their network of 10,000 volunteers.
Kids in the Know is the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s interactive safety education program designed for students from Kindergarten to Grade 9. The purpose of the program is to help educators teach children and youth effective personal safety strategies in an engaging, age-appropriate and interactive way that builds resiliency skills and reduces their likelihood of victimization in the online and offline world. It is research and evidence-based, balances empowerment with protection, communicates without value statements, builds from past experiences, involves activity-based learning, and facilitates important discussions about personal safety without the use of fear.
The program is used in thousands of schools across Canada and has received the nationally-recognized Curriculum Services of Canada seal of approval. Lessons are matched to outcomes mandated by Departments of Education in all jurisdictions across Canada. Topics include healthy relationships, safe and responsible use of technology, addressing high-risk behavior, picture permanence online, as well as building capacity to handle difficult situation and knowing when to seek help.
Kids in the Know can be purchased for an individual grade level program or as kits with all supporting resources. In 2017 prices ranged from $35 (CAD) for an individual grade program to $310 (CAD) for a full kit from Kindergarten to Grade 10 with all supporting resources (lessons, activity sheets, posters, puppets, storybooks, etc.) Each lesson is designed to work in classroom setting – where time spent on the lesson and activities can be adjusted as needed. On average, a grade level will consist of 6-8 lessons, each with a delivery time of approximately 45 minutes.
Since 1989, Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (Kidpower) has been a global nonprofit leader in abuse prevention and personal safety education. Kidpower provides an experiential curriculum for teaching child protection skills to adults and social safety skills to young people from preschool through college. These skills help children and teens k-12th grade including those with special needs, reduce their risks of abuse, bullying, and other interpersonal violence, and help adult leaders create school cultures of safety and respect. Schools implement the Kidpower curriculum in many ways that range from our free Kidpower Safety Minutes, to books such as the Kidpower Safety Comics and Safety Lessons, to a set of six Kidpower Teaching Books with cartoon-illustrated lessons for both younger and older children for $120. Grade-level packages with twelve 20 -to 30-minute lessons, follow-up activities and take home materials for parents will be available fall 2017, as well as online training videos. Certified Kidpower instructors are available in some locations to deliver more comprehensive training including workshops for students, training of professional staff, and parent education. These school-based lessons are aligned with state education standards. We also offer certified Kidpower instructor training, a three-day Child Protection Advocates Training Institute, and long-distance coaching through Skype, phone, and email. The cost and time varies depending on the level of services and materials that are used. Access our free Kidpower Safety Resource Library at https://www.kidpower.org. For more information about custom school packages, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Kidpower website.
Mobile County Public Schools Personal Safety Curriculum is a free program to anyone to use. A parent and community awareness/education program is offered between MobileCounty public schools, Child Advocacy Center, and the junior League. This program will positively impact the community now and in the future. Curriculum covers K-5th grade. The Personal Safety Curriculum contains the goal of the program, basic concepts, student learning objectives and background information for teachers. The guide is divided into 4 teaching units. A pre-and post-test is included for the use at designated grade levels to assess student awareness of problems specifically related to sexual abuse. Many lessons utilize videos or pictures which help students develop concepts. Each lesson contains several activities.These lessons may be incorporated into the existing science, health, physical education curricula.
Why is the Children’s Advocacy Center model so important? How does it make a difference for child victims of abuse? At its core, the model is about teamwork – bringing the agency professionals involved in a case together on the front end – and about putting the needs of the child victim first. So rather than having a child taken from agency to agency throughout the law enforcement and child protection systems, and having to endure multiple, sequential interviews, the CAC model brings the system to the child, and brings the agency professionals together to work in a collaborative approach that results in effective, efficient and child-centered casework.
Play it Safe!® is an Evidence Informed, specialized, age appropriate child sexual abuse risk reduction program for children ages pre-school through 12th grade, as well as their parents, teachers and caregivers. Each grade level program includes an age appropriate video and script. Pre-K through 2nd grade also includes Joe and Suzy dolls with bathing suits on under their clothing to illustrate children’s’ private parts. Coloring books come with Pre-K through 2nd grade programs so that parents can reinforce the concepts at home. Taught one classroom at a time, each grade level’s program, from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, speaks to children in a way they can best learn and respond. Play It Safe!™ reduces risk by teaching children to identify abusive behavior, and provides tools children need to be safe including specific, age appropriate actions to take in threatening situations. It also provides a safe forum for children to outcry and disclose abuse, trains care-giving adults to recognize possible signs of child sexual victimization and to take the necessary steps to support a child’s outcry and recovery. Each grade level program can be purchased as a hard copy with DVD and Script or online only. The cost for Pre-K through 2nd grade hard copies, which also includes online streaming for a year, cost $299 each. They come with a set of Joe and Suzy dolls and 25 coloring books in either English or Spanish. Online cost for these grade levels is $199. Joe, Suzy and coloring books are included in online purchases too. All other programs, 3rd grade through high school, are $199 each for hard copies of the curriculum and $149 for online programs only. There is a yearly license renewal fee of $25 to continue online streaming for each program purchased after the first year. The total hard copy cost for all 14 programs is $3,186 plus shipping. For online purchases only, the total cost for the entire set of 14 programs is $2,286. Each program is a stand-alone presentation.
Diane Mayfield, M.Ed.
Play it Safe!® Sales Coordinator
1723 Hemphill • Fort Worth, Texas • 76110
Office 817-927-4006 • Fax 817-869-5131
radKIDS® does not tell your child what we hope they will do, we actually teach, train and empower children with real skills so they can recognize, avoid, resist, and if necessary escape violence or harm in their lives. Education is the only thing that can change fear into power and radKIDS® can and does give children opportunity and power to live safer in our world today.
– CEO/Director of Training and Education radKIDS Inc 501c3 Educational
radKIDS® Curriculum topics include:
- radKIDS® Revolutionary Bullying Prevention Program that is WORKING today: “Taught Through the Eyes of a Child”
- Preventing/Stopping Predator Tricks including Physical Resistance Strategies against Abduction
- Internet Safety
- Personal Touch and Personal Space Safety (Uncomfortable/Unwanted Touch) Featuring “Sam’s Secret”
- Home, School, Out & About Safety (Parks, Fairs, Playgrounds, Beaches, Stores, Malls) all Through the Eyes of the Child
The radKIDS® Personal Empowerment Safety Education program is a 10-hour family centered safety education program that emphasizes essential decision-making skills as well as physical resistance options to escape violence. radKIDS® is a life skills educational model that enhances natural instincts with real skills while increasing the foundational resiliency skills we all need to not only survive but excel. Children from 5-13 years of age participate in the program with their adult partners to create a true safety partnership.
Safe@Last ® is a sequential personal safety curriculum that empowers students in kindergarten through sixth grade by providing critical skills and tools to stay safe and avoid dangerous situations. Each lesson builds on and reinforces the skills learned in previous sessions with opportunities for students to practice each learned skill. The program includes age-appropriate learning techniques such as role-playing, music, games, stories, and an interactive online workbook to enhance the learning process for each individual student.
What do I need to teach Safe@Last?
The Digital Downloadable Link that is updated each year
Access to the Interactive, Online Student Workbooks
Other materials are recommended but are not necessary for the program
What will it cost me to teach Safe@Last?
The program cost $125 per school per year.
Lastly, I thought it would be helpful if you heard what others had to say about the Safe@Last program. These are quotes from teachers who teach the Safe@Last program here in Middle Tennessee:
- “I think it is a great way to teach kids about important and uncomfortable topics. It is great for one booklet to fulfill so many necessary topics.”
- “I find the curriculum effective and it facilitates many wonderful conversations.”
- “I know the program is effective because I had a few reports (students letting me know that something inappropriate was going on in their homes or on the bus). The program comes with everything the teacher needs, right down to a script that tells them what to say. I was able to adjust it to fit my needs. The kids were engaged and loved taking home the books when we were finished.”
- “I believe it is effective when taught by someone who they know and trust. It has the potential to trigger information which may need to be disclosed and having someone who is connected to them provides them that safe person if they need it. I feel the information is enough to make them SAFE AND SMART about living in our world without making them scared.”
Education Curriculum Manager
Sexual Assault Center
101 French Landing Drive
Nashville, TN 37228
615.259.9055 x 314
Committee for Children
The Second Step Suite provides a simplified approach for schools to create and sustain safe, supportive learning environments that optimize budgets and results. Our fully integrated framework effectively combines social-emotional learning with bullying prevention and child protection to form a cohesive foundation for whole-school success.
Skills for Social and Academic Success
Early Learning–Grade 8
- Research-based, sequenced curriculum teaches essential life and learning skills.
- Media-rich content engages students and reinforces positive behavior.
- Fully scripted lessons are easy to integrate into the day.
- Take-home materials bolster family engagement and support.
- Interactive training expedites implementation and alignment.
Child Protection Unit
Working Together to Keep Kids Safe from Abuse
Early Learning–Grade 5
- Robust training helps develop child protection policies and procedures.
- Online training shows how to recognize and respond to signs of abuse.
- Age-appropriate lessons teach students clear rules about touching safety.
- Scripted lessons help teachers and counselors know what to say.
- Family materials extend support to the home.
Lesson Notebook and Staff Training
Early Learning, Kindergarten, Grade 1-5 $199.00
Early Learning and Graders K-5 bundle $1,279
Grades K-5 bundle $1,099
The Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Curriculum was a collaborative project funded by a grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and is available for free on this web site. The curriculum was specifically developed to reduce the incidence of adolescent sexual assault through risk-reduction educational strategies. It is a powerful tool to assist school personnel, police, and community agency staff in their efforts to implement high-quality educational programs.
The curriculum includes lessons for high school and middle school aged youth. The lessons can be used in either school or non-school settings, such as health clinics, after-school programs, youth centers and camps. We encourage agencies interested in the implementation of a sexual assault curriculum to collect their own data about sexual assault and to customize the lessons and presentations to reflect the adolescent sexual assault characteristics in their own communities.
The OffenderWatch Initiative (OWI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of registered sex offenders through education, community notification, and better relations between the public and law enforcement.
One of the ways OWI helps to inform the public that “Notification is Prevention” is through the T.A.S.K. Program. The T.A.S.K. Program is a joint effort between OWI and local School Boards and law enforcement to help parents be vigilant about offenders near them.