Preventing Sexual Abuse in Children

How do we go about preventing childhood abuse, bullying, and dangers children face?

If you ask me, I think Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW and Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA, Founders of Kidsafe Foundation are on to a GREAT concept.

I was able to attend Cherie’s training on April 17th, 2013. I was able to easily utilize the books we got at the workshop with the children I work with and their parents. It helped them create a common language around safety.

preventing+child+abuse *If you look closely I am in the second row, second from the right.

They are strong in their message that childhood abuse can be reduced by teaching and educating kids, parents, and child caring providers i.e. schools, Child Protective Services, teachers, therapists, foster caring agencies, camp counselors, etc to be “KidSafe”.

Their Mission: “Our mission is to bring Education programs and materials to children and adults to Prevent Child Abuse, Bullying and Internet Safety Dangers. Our goal is to give children a voice and  empower adults to be the first line of defense in their child’s safety.

Their concepts, ideas, techniques, and teachings are simple, palatable and easy to implement. Cherie is a great trainer – funny, charismatic, and serious about her message.

Their trainings, classes and workshops teach children and the adults who love and care for them to have clear specific rules, like “check first”. It also teaches kids to empower themselves around secret keeping, listening to their safety voice, and identifying their circle of safe adults.

Their training is a need for children and families across all cultures.

For more information on their mission and agency go to

by Katie Lemieux

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