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Thanks to Kidpower, I’ve discovered the power to protect and empower my kids, despite the trauma of a difficult and painful childhood!

“As a neglected and unprotected child, I was an easy target for sexual abuse by older boys as well as by the adults that I so desperately needed in order to have food and shelter to survive.

I have struggled to recover, yet am determined to overcome these terrible experiences. But I still worry constantly that I will repeat the mistakes of the past with my own two kids. I escaped with them from my abusive relationship with their father, and it was at the shelter we first experienced how Kidpower could change our lives.

Kidpower opened my eyes in a new way to the power I never knew I had inside to take charge of our safety. I learned how to set boundaries for myself, how to teach boundary setting skills to my kids, and how to advocate for their safety. After just two hours, I felt armed with the knowledge and practical skills I can use to protect myself and my kids.

Now, I have more tools to be a good mother and keep my kids safe. Kidpower replaced my fear with confidence and new hope!” ~ Tamara S., Georgia

Right now, we have the power to stop much of tomorrow’s abuse with greater awareness, action, and skills. Just knowing how to tell and keep telling can make a world of difference in the safety of our kids. Please make a donation to Kidpower today!

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Published: April 26, 2018   |   Last Updated: April 26, 2018

Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, and the Amazon Best Seller Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.