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January 2016:  Greetings, Gratitude & Exciting News from PSC

Dear Feather,

First of all, I’d like to offer my gratitude and 2016 New Year wishes to you and yours. My heartfelt thanks to all of the moms, dads, family members, and professionals who are out there every day advocating for children and speaking with other adults about keeping kids safe from sexual abuse.

In 2015, Parenting Safe Children (PSC) reached more than 5,000 parents, family members and professionals through its education programs and support tools. Through social media, we reach hundreds of thousands of additional people with our prevention conversations and messages.
PSC Online Workshop

Now, some exciting news: We will be extending our reach even further in 2016 by launching an online version of the Parenting Safe Children Workshop! Thanks to your interest and encouragement, the Parenting Safe Children Online Workshop will be released Wednesday, January 20 to the PSC community! I am super excited about this because you finally can invite all of your friends and family members outside of Colorado to become prevention partners. Stay tuned for an email on January 20 with a special PSC promo code for immediate discounted access!

Meanwhile, I want to remind you why your efforts to keep kids safe from sexual abuse by speaking up can change not only your child’s life, but also that of your community.

I recently saw the movie Spotlight, about how the Boston Globe uncovered widespread child sexual abus spotlight image 
e – and its methodical cover-up – within and by the local Catholic Archdiocese. This movie, a true story, offers a glaring illustration of what happens when individuals fail to speak up on behalf of children's safety and how institutions further betray children, by not holding abusers accountable for their actions.

In the movie, attorney Mitch Garabedian (played by Stanley Tucci), who represented many victims of pedophile priests, says, "It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to abuse one."

This quote keeps ringing in my head because it speaks to the power of individuals and communities to break institutional codes of silence and to keep children safe. Imagine if every parent takes these four actions:

  1. Teaches their child that it’s okay to say “No” to unwanted affection, touch or anything that makes himGirl saying NO/her feel uncomfortable. (This means, it’s not only okay, but important, for your child to be able to say “No” to grandma’s kiss or hug.)
  2. Converses with all of the adults who their children spend time with, including family members and friends, about body safety and boundaries.
  3. Asks their local school, place of faith, sports program, and youth organization, “What are your policies for keeping children safe from sexual abuse – particularly your policies for staff spending time alone with children?”
  4. Demands that every school, place of faith, sports program and youth organization implement policies and train staff and youth leaders in child sexual abuse prevention.

This is the community I am working so hard to create, and there is ample research to show that prevention works, but implementing it depends on you and on all of us.

I am here to help and Parenting Safe Children offers a range of tools to support you. See below for a list of all Parenting Safe Children classes, products, and free downloads
– and stay tuned for the release of the Parenting Safe Children Online Workshop on January 20th!

Thank you for all you do to keep children safe from sexual abuse.

Your Partner in Safety,

Feather

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Like us on Facebook - Discussion of the MonthBuilding Community to Keep Kids Safe

The Parenting Safe Children community on Facebook is now nearly 8,000 strong. We are dedicated to keeping children safe from sexual abuse, and we support each other in speaking up every chance we get. Will you join us?

Curious about the most shared post of the month? See the discussion about the connection between "innocent secrets" and child sexual abuse as discussed on December 29, 2015.



 

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raise kids and build communities that are off limits to child sexual abuse.




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