When it comes to protecting our children, certain conversations are easy and even natural to have. “Stranger Danger” is a term we all know. What is much harder to address are the dangers that could be lurking from those around us whom our children love. Did you know that 95 percent of molested children know their molesters? This is just one of many staggering statistics we are fighting everyday. So, how do we raise awareness in our children (and ourselves) to help them avoid harm without teaching them to fear everyone and anyone around them?
Our goal together is to help you empower your children to take ownership over their own hearts and bodies and raise their awareness and ability to protect themselves against anyone who tries to harm them. The Proactive Parent Guide will answer your many questions and address the critical points in the battle to keep your child’s body—and most importantly, heart—protected from sexual assault. Coupled along with the Proactive Parent Guide, the SAFE Hearts series of storybooks and educational materials will give you the opportunity to have the essential kid-versations with your children that count before they are counted among the statistics.
This is happening in small towns, big cities, in your neighbor's house, at school, everywhere. I would like to encourage parents to get out of the mindset of "it won't happen to me" because no one expects or plans for this to happen. Give your children the tools to defend themselves and stop something before it gets out of hand.
Working with kids and youth for over 10 years, we ’ ve seen a lot. We ’ ve worked in a lot of brokenness and unfortunately had too many conversations wi th CPS and counselors as required reporters. The statement in the guide speaks for itself — 70% of sexual assault cases occur in children 17 & under. As uncomfortab le as it might be to have a conversation with my kids, it pales in comparison to the conversation I might have to have if something traumatic occurred, especially without a reso urce like this. As a Family Pastor coming alongside kids and their parents, these resour ces are literally invaluable and as parents of 3 boys, this is personally empowering and gives an accessible platform for communication with our kids — not always an easy task.
The parent guide was easy to read, detailed and informative. We a ppreciated the acknowledgement of children having barriers and the mixed signal s that can be given when we unknowingly persuade our children to do something t hey are uncomfortable with. Our responses to how we react to our children can be permanently damaging and these principals can be used in the way we address our childr en in all matters. We were especially pleased with both children's books. Not only did they address issues with the opposite sex but they also addressed issues with same sex frien ds. We liked that the books highlights the thoughts form the perspective of the child and ex plains why it is important to speak out on anyone that has made them uncomfortabl e so that all parties involved can be helped. We absolutely love the book series and what you're doing with it.
Very helpful and it gave us much to think about.