We at the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center believe in a future free of sexual violence and know that prevention is possible. We believe that by providing education to our youth and the community, we can all make the best decisions for a violence free world.
Ten things Parents can do to prevent Child Abuse.
- Be Violence Free. Don't use violent or hateful words, avoid expressing jealousy or excessive anger. Model conflict resolution, open communication, and listening and assertiveness skills.
- See the Signs of Abuse. Be willing to intervene. A child may not get help until you make the call.
- Know your Neighbors. Make contact. Calling on a neighbor in an emergency is easier if you already have a relationship.
- Mentor a child, or volunteer, be a presence in a child's life.
- Offer Child Care - Give a parent a Break.
- Teach Empathy. People who use violence do not see people as human being with feelings. Prevent violence by teaching empathy.
- Teach Kids to Say NO. Kids can learn to be assertive. They need to know to say NO if anyone ever makes them feel uncomfortable. They also need to know to get away and talk to a trusted adult.
- Listen. Children are taught to tell a trusted adult about things that are bothering them. Listen, a child may be trying to talk to you.
- Take a Self-Defense Class, if you have a daughter, bring her with you.
- Appreciate yourself in all your efforts to make a difference in the life of a child. Thank you, it really does matter.
-Adapted from 50 Ways to a Safer World, by Patti Giggans and Barrie Levy
Kindergarten and/or 1st grade
Safety Awareness and Safe and Unsafe Touches (45-50 minutes)
- Street Crossing (children should cross the street safely by looking in all directions first and holding hands)
- Always Ask First (children need to ask parents or the person in charge first before going somewhere or accepting a gift from someone)
- Introduction to the Three Safety Steps (say NO, run away, tell a trusted adult). Being assertive minimizes the possibility of being bullied.
- Identifying Touches (safe touch/unsafe touch, wanted touch/unwanted touch)
- No one should touch children’s private body parts (body parts that are covered by a bathing suit), unless it is to keep them clean and healthy
- What to do if someone breaks the “Touching Rule” or makes children feel uncomfortable (safety steps)
- Students will review what they are taught by watching a 20 minute video about a boy who takes a fantasy trip to the “Land of Lessons.” Use this link to view a clip of the video: Empower Kids What To Do.
Safety Awareness (45 - 50 minutes)
- Walking safely (following safety rules helps keep people safe)
- Always ask first Rule (children should always ask their parents or person in charge when someone wants them to do something or go somewhere with them)
- Identifying touches (safe touch/unsafe touch, wanted touch/unwanted touch)
- Saying no to unwanted touches (it is okay for children to say “NO” to unwanted touch)
- No one should touch children’s private body parts (body parts that covered by a bathing suit), unless it is to keep them clean and healthy
- Students will review what they are taught by watching a 20 minute video about a boy who learns to speak assertively when other people take advantage of him.
Child Abuse (45-50 Minutes)
- What is child abuse? Child abuse is presented as the act of causing intentional injury or harm to a child by a parent, caretaker or other adult
- Different types of child abuse (physical, emotional, neglect, and sexual)
- The most common reasons for abuse, in the Monterey county, are mentioned (drug and alcohol use, the inability to deal with frustration and anger, being raised in an abusive environment)
- Students are encouraged to speak with an adult they trust if they feel they are being hurt
- Students have the opportunity to ask questions they may have in regards to this topic
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of our Child Abuse Prevention Program Managers:
Monterey Office Salinas Office
Mercy Galarza, Rosa Zavala,
(831) 373-3955 (831) 771-0411