Whom Should I Tell?Program
Although public awareness about child abuse has increased significantly in the past decades, every day, we continue to hear stories about child abuse in the media. While child physical, verbal and neglect may be the most visible; child sexual abuse has become a major public health problem and violation of the children rights in the world.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2016 found that 8.5% of victimized children were sexually abused (page 20). It is difficult to determine the number of children who had been victim of sexual abuse because parents are afraid to report.
Whom Should I Tell?” (WSIT) is a child sexual abuse prevention program focusing on strengthen parents and caregivers with theoretical and practical tools to protect the child’s emotional, physical and social integrity.
The program goal is to teach parents and adults who are involved in raising and educating children from 4 to age 12 the necessary tools to help to prevent and detect child sexual abuse.
The program curriculum is implemented by trained WSIT Facilitator to a group of parents and caregivers in 5 sessions of two hours and addresses the following topics:
- Why Should Children Learn about Sexuality?
- Learning about Child Sexual Abuse.
- Let’s Talk about Sexual Abuse
- How to Teach Children the Rules to Protect Themselves
- Whom Should I Tell?
In addition, we will work with children ages 4 to 12 years old using “My Body is My Body” a musical animated child abuse prevention program, written by Chrissy Sykes. My Body is My Body program offers a different approach to this difficult to talk subject with fun, animated, sing along songs.