Talk About It! From Elementary to “Tween”

Talk About It! Infant-to-Teen Sexual Abuse Prevention & Body Safety Education Part 2 of 3, by Ginger Kadlec, author of Be A Kid’s HeroTM All parents should know two truths: It’s NEVER too early to begin teaching children about sexual abuse prevention or “body safety”. Kids who KNOW body safety rules are 100% better prepared to deal with attempted sexual abuse than children who are kept in the dark. Talking with kids about body safety doesn’t have to be difficult… just frame your conversations in …

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Talk About It! Small Children = Small Lessons

Talk About It! Infant-to-Teen Sexual Abuse Prevention & Body Safety Education Part 1 of 3, by Ginger Kadlec, author of Be A Kid’s HeroTM All parents should know two truths: It’s NEVER too early to begin teaching children about sexual abuse prevention or “body safety”. Kids who KNOW body safety rules are 100% better prepared to deal with attempted sexual abuse than children who are kept in the dark. As we adults begin thinking about child sexual abuse, we immediately think of the tragic realities …

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We’re Talking About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. Why Isn’t Everyone?

When Benjamin Franklin wrote that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he likely had no idea just how common the phrase would become. We read it in newspapers, journals, and blogs on an almost daily basis, promoting the idea that healthy lifestyles and communities rest on a foundation of prevention. Perhaps the central reason behind the phrase’s popularity is that it’s a simple truth. The National Prevention Strategy was released in 2011, with a goal to “increase the number of Americans …

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Baby role-play: A potentially abusive fetish flourishing on Instagram

Excerpt from The Washington Post. A group of Instagram users are creating strange fictional relationships using photos of other people’s children. Often the accounts are anonymous or private. They are filled with photos of babies and kids, presumably stolen from social media sites. These are mostly amateur shots — say, from a family’s trip to the beach or a baby toddling in the backyard — not professional photos. In comments, the fantasy comes to life. Users have conversations pretending to be the parent or the …

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5 Questions to Ask Childcare Providers

As a first-time mother, I’ve spent countless hours researching the safest car seat to use, when to introduce foods and what foods to introduce, how many dirty diapers are normal, developmental milestones…you name it, and I’ve probably looked into it in order to make the best possible parenting decisions for my baby boy. Without a doubt, one of the most stressful decisions was the search for a childcare provider. For new parents, this can be a daunting task. Staff qualifications, facility safety record, program components …

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Taking On Child Sex Abuse In a Difficult Climate

Excerpt from “Letter to the Editor” on desmoinesregister.com State Sen. Janet Petersen deserves credit for taking on the issue of child sexual abuse in a difficult political climate, but the opposition she’s encountering shows how little this crime is understood even by lawmakers and others who should know better. This is especially true concerning the retroactive “window” provision for civil actions, which Petersen had to remove to make the SF107 bill more palatable to her colleagues and to lobbyists from the Iowa Catholic Conference and …

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Mother Should Enforce Daughter’s Boundaries

Excerpt from “Dear Prudence” on Slate.com Recently, the following question was sent to Slate.com’s “Dear Prudence,” Emily Yoffe: Q. Daughter Doesn’t Want to Visit Grandfather: My father is in his 80s and lives in an assisted-living home. He has always had an excellent relationship with his grandkids, including my daughter, age 13. My daughter is an early bloomer and very sensitive about her new body. She also looks much older than she is. A few weeks ago, when we were visiting my father, a few …

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Who Is Responsible for Keeping Kids Safe From Sexual Abuse?

By: Jayneen Sanders Some advocates believe it is solely an adult’s responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse. While I totally agree that adults must: Educate the child in their care in Body Safety Education Become educated themselves in: grooming techniques used by perpetrators, statistics on child sexual abuse, the signs that a child is being sexually abused, what to do if a child disclose Believe a child when they disclose Educate the wider community in the importance of protecting children from sexual abuse Let friends, family and those …

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When Kids Are Sold For Sex — They’re Not “Child Prostitutes,” They’re Victims

Excerpt from HuffingtonPost.com When police came upon a 13-year-old girl selling sex in North Hollywood, they promptly handcuffed her, arrested her and hauled her off to detention. As is the case in many states, juvenile prostitution carries a sentence of up to two years in California, according to The Washington Post. While the fallout for this case might seem to have followed a perfectly apt protocol, the girl never should have seen the inside of a cell, just as much as a victim of rape …

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Judge: Girl can’t be blamed for her assault

Excerpt from HeraldNet.com ARLINGTON, WA — A lawyer for a private Christian school and one of its teachers won’t be allowed to argue in court that a 14-year-old and her parents bear some responsibility for an inappropriate relationship between the girl and the school’s former principal. Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz earlier this week promptly rejected Highland Christian Schools’ attempt to assert an affirmative defense at trial. Kurtz said the law is clear that a child under 16 is incapable of consent and …

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