Child Abuse Prevention Programs
Child Abuse Prevention
Child Abuse Prevention is the national project for the National Exchange Club and was adopted by the Duneland Exchange Club (DXC). DXC has contracted with Dunebrook to deliver multiple essential programs within the Duneland schools. Below are the programs we support. To learn more about Dunebrook, visit their website at dunebrook.org
In 2008, DXC contracted with Dunebrook to present its Body Safety program to Kindergarteners through 5th-grade students within the schools located in the Duneland area. The Body Safety Program is critical in helping educate children on how to protect their bodies. Here is a description of the program from the Dunebrook website.
According to the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute, 95% of child maltreatment is preventable through education. Dunebrook's goal in Public Education is to prevent child sexual abuse by:
Educating and empowering children to self-protect and identify whom they can talk to if something happens,
Teaching educators, parents, and other interested adults in how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to suspicions or allegations
Reducing the social stigma through education and talking more about the problem.
Educating children to be confident, informed, and in control of their bodies is essential. Perpetrators seek out the child who is less secure and less likely to take action against inappropriate actions. All children have to know self-protection strategies.
Body Safety educates Kindergarten-5th grade children in self-protection and how to respond if something has happened to them or someone they know. It is a powerful, non-threatening, age-appropriate 30-minute presentation; it is not sex education. Children learn the names of their body parts, and identify to whom they can talk if something has happened.
Stewards for Children
In 2017, DXC increased its financial support to Dunebrook to present the Stewards for Children program to teachers and adults within the Duneland schools.
Here the description of the program from the Dunebrook website.
Keeping children safe is the responsibility of adults. Stewards of Children is a 2.5-hour presentation that educates adults on the facts about child sexual abuse to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately.
Furthermore, Dunebrook's prevention education helps school staff learn how to respond to suspicions, disclosures, or allegations by a third party (e.g., another student).
Safer, Smarter Teens
In 2018 and 2019, DXC once again expanded its financial support to Dunebrook to present the Safer, Smarter Teens Program to middle and high school students at the Duneland Area schools.
Here is the description of the program from the Dunebrook website.
Safer, Smarter Teens educates middle schoolers about the warning signs of unsafe situations and what actions they can take to reduce risks, stay safe, and access help. Six sessions are presented, typically during health or gym class. Topics include self-esteem, personal power, online safety/social media, acceptance, and boundaries.
Education is especially critical for girls, who are even more vulnerable than boys to this crime. According to David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, girls are sexually abused at a rate of four times that of boys. According to the National Sexual Abuse Resource Center, 91% of rape and sexual assault victims are female. (Rennison, 2002). Sexually abused girls are 2.2 times as likely as non-abused peers to become teen mothers. (Noll & Putnam, 2009). The risk continues into adulthood, as more than one-third of women who report being raped before age 18 also experience rape as an adult. (Black et al., 2010).
Early exposure to safety education is critical, as children are most vulnerable to sexual abuse between the ages of 7 and 13. (Finkelhor, 1994) Children learn and remember through repetition. When children see the prevention program every year in school, they gain the courage to come forward.
Blue Ribbon Campaign
Prevention of Child Abuse Awareness month is in April and is recognized by blue ribbons. Blue represents the bruises children experience when they are physically abused, and this campaign was started by Bonnie Finney, who lost her grandson to abuse. Here's Bonnie's story www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-blue-ribbon-a-symbol-of-awareness-for-child-abuse-prevention-month-118908849.html
DXC brings awareness of child abuse by hanging banners in the Duneland area, wearing and selling blue lapel ribbons, putting blue ribbons on cars, and in December decorating a Christmas tree in downtown Chesterton in blue to continue to bring awareness of child abuse.