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Letter: Lessons help protect students from unsafe touching

"As a parent, community member and advocate, I see great value in the lessons CASDA, the Center Against Sexual & Domestic Abuse, provides to the third grade students of Superior School District," writes Sherry Boock

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We are part of The Trust Project.

We can all agree that we want the children in our community to be as safe as they can be.

The Safe & Strong Child body safety lessons give children the knowledge, language and tools to protect themselves from unsafe touches. As a parent, community member and advocate, I see great value in the lessons CASDA, the Center Against Sexual & Domestic Abuse, provides to the third grade students of Superior School District. These developmentally appropriate, highly interactive lessons are presented as a safety lesson during school counselor time. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend a meeting prior to the lessons beginning so that all involved are well informed.

Using storyboards and scenarios we define safe and unsafe or unwanted touches, teach safety rules, stress the importance of asking before giving a touch and empower children to say no to a touch. We work together to identify safe, trusted adults at school, home and in the community, and practice reporting to an adult for help. We talk about safe and unsafe touches to private parts stressing that the only time anyone should ever touch their private parts is to keep them clean, healthy or safe and that unsafe touches to private parts are never a child’s fault.

With the district’s support, CASDA was able to pilot this program at Cooper Elementary providing lessons to approximately 820 students in kindergarten through fifth grades in early 2020. In 2021, officials invited CASDA to provide these lessons to every third grade class district-wide. Approximately 400 students received these vital lessons in the spring of 2022 and CASDA will continue to provide these lessons annually.

Anyone interested in more information about the Safe & Strong Child curriculum or in joining our next Presenter Certification Training, should contact me at sherry@casda.org or 715-392-3136.

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Sherry Boock
Children's Program Coordinator
CASDA

Related Topics: EDUCATIONSUPERIOR SCHOOLS
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