Like many sexual predators, Jerry Sandusky, the former football coach who was recently convicted of child abuse, developed strong relationships of love and trust with his victims before molesting them. The stories told by his victims sound chillingly similar to the stories we hear from adult survivors of sexual abuse in our classes. “He was [...]
Category: Personal Safety
Watching the video of school bus monitor Karen Klein being cruelly bullied by four boys makes me want to stand up and shout, ‘STOP THE BUS!’ Parents and teachers need to teach kids how to recognize destructive behavior, resist peer pressure, speak up when they see someone acting unsafely, and get help. School staff, including bus monitors and playground supervisors, need training and support to stop kids from engaging in bullying of anyone in the moment.
Violence because of someone’s sexual orientation and identify is just as much of a hate crime as violence due to other forms of prejudice. Both during PRIDE Week and at other times, we encourage members of the LGBTQ community and their allies to be proud of who they are – and to keep these seven People Safety strategies from Kidpower.org in mind so they can celebrate with safety and confidence.
Teen girls and young women often feel that they cannot say “No” to their boyfriends. Sexual Safety knowledge and boundary-setting skills can help to protect them.