We cannot take away the tremendous harm done by abuse in the past.
We can and must do our best to protect the kids of today and tomorrow - and to help everyone who has suffered abuse as a child to find healing and hope.
Here are seven ways to take positive action:
1. If you know or suspect that a child is being abused or that this might be about to happen, GET HELP NOW! If you don’t know how to get help, contact us, and we will do our best to give you guidance depending on where you live and what your concern is.
2. Learn and practice “People Safety” skills for preparing kids to stay safe from abuse and bullying. If you can, take one of our workshops. Whether or not a workshop is possible, thanks to our collaboration with the Doing Right by Our Kids project, you can sign up to receive free illustrated directions for introducing and practicing a skill a week from Kidpower’s 30-Skills Challenge Coaching Handbook in your inbox – and have access to our Boundary-Setting Starter kit and other free resources. http://doingrightbyourkids.com
3. Watch and share the free Protecting Youth Athletes from Sexual Abuse videos and handouts with key actions for parents, coaches, and leaders. Kidpower created these materials with Positive Coaching Alliance, and they are relevant for all adults with kids in a sports or recreation program. http://www.kidpower.org/youth-
4. Read Worthy of Trust: What Organizations Must Do to Keep Kids Safe. Assess whether your school, youth organization, place of worship, and social groups are making the hard decisions and ensuring that everyone has the knowledge to protect kids from abuse and other harm. http://www.kidpower.org/
5. Buy a “People Safety” book as a gift to yourself or someone else. Our books are like our program – practical, upbeat, entertaining, hands-on, and for all ages and abilities. Families, schools, and organizations worldwide are using our curriculum in their own child abuse prevention programs. All funds from the sale of our books goes to cover the costs of publication and create new educational resources. http://www.kidpower.org/store
6. Sign up for our three-day Child Protection Advocates Training Institute. Learn how to use the advocacy, intervention, and personal safety skills we teach to protect kids in your personal and professional life. http://www.kidpower.org/what-
7. Make a donation in any amount to Kidpower. Every dollar you give helps our nonprofit organization to provide child protection education and personal safety skills locally and around the world. Join us in celebrating Kidpower’s 25 years of protecting people of all ages and abilities from all forms of abuse, bullying, and other violence in ways that increase confidence and competence rather than creating fear. http://www.kidpower.org/get-
Abuse thrives in secrecy, and the shame so many people feel about the abuse can perpetuate the silence. Most child abuse survivors do NOT want their lives defined by this crime – and, like most people, they DO need to feel accepted by others. If someone tells you about an abusive experience as a child, listen with compassion and without judgement.If you know someone who is struggling with the harm from past abuse, encourage this person to get help. One exceptional resource is The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse, which has become a classic. Co-Author and Poet Ellen Bass is also Kidpower’s Founding Board President, a dear friend, and the first person who taught me about self-defense.