The Boone County Child Advocacy Center, in partnership with Chaucie’s Place, is recruiting volunteers for its child sexual abuse prevention program – Body Safety.
Body Safety is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that teaches elementary school-aged children that their bodies belong to them, they have the right to say “NO!” to touches to their private parts for “no good reason or just to play a game” and to tell an adult if they receive any unwanted touches. Additionally, children will learn the proper names of their body parts and that abuse is never their fault.
All volunteers are provided a script, training and observation to make certain children receive the same message and so that volunteers are comfortable with the information they are providing.
Starting this school year Body Safety will be available to Lebanon, Western Boone and Zionsville public elementary schools. Currently Lebanon Schools has committed to implementing the program and both Zionsville and Western Boone are in conversation about also implementing the program. Each school year, over 9,200 children throughout Hamilton County participate in the Body Safety program and, thanks to funding provided by the Boone County Community Foundation, this prevention program is being made available FREE of charge to the public elementary schools in Boone County.
“We will be conducting Body Safety presentations on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and our volunteers have the flexibility to help as often or as little as their schedule allows,” said Jennifer Cutcliff, associate director at Chaucie’s Place. “Sadly, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by their 18th birthday, so this program is incredibly valuable to help empower children to protect themselves.”