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Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault to present program at Sioux Rapids

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jenny Ahlers of Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault will be reading the book "Three Kinds of Touches" on Monday, June 2 at 10 a.m. to at the Sioux Rapids Library. This presentation is specifically designed for preschool and school-aged children.

The storybook, "Three Kinds of Touches," discusses safe touches, ouch touches and uh-oh touches in kid-friendly manner. In this presentation private areas of the body are described as "those areas that are covered by your swimming suit." Children will learn to recognize inappropriate touching and they will practice safety procedures to follow if any breaks the SAFE TOUCH RULE.

Parents are encouraged to attend. For more information or questions about the presentation, contact Jenny at 712-732-8120.

About the CAASA Safe Touch Program

Why are Sexual Abuse Prevention programs so important?

Sexual abuse is much more prevalent than once thought. It is estimated that one in four girls and one in five boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Young children are the most vulnerable to this kind of abuse, and they often do not report it or seek help on their own.

Safe Touches:

CAASA offers seven sexual abuse prevention presentations that discuss sexual abuse in a sensitive manner to children ages preschool through sixth grade. There is also a presentation specifically designed for parents, to help them protect their children and respond appropriately when children disclose about abuse.

The SAFE TOUCHESS presentations teach children:

To distinguish between good, bad, and mixed up touches.

To RECOGNIZE inappropriate touching as sexual abuse.

To RESIST sexual abuse by acknowledging the right to say no and removing themselves from a situation of inappropriate touching.

To REPORT inappropriate touching to an adult they trust.

To understand that people they know, as well as strangers, can touch them inappropriately.

To distinguish between secrets and suprises. "Bad secrets" should never be kept.

Each presentation last approximately 30-45 minutes and consists of videos, follow-up activities, discussions, and rehearsal of safety steps. Every presentation is tailored to fit the developmental level and interests of the children participating.

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