Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education

by Fair Haven, Inc
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education
Rachael presenting at a conference in Chicago, IL
Rachael presenting at a conference in Chicago, IL

Since the start of the school year, Fair Haven's Prevention and Education Department has been busy presenting crucial child sexual abuse prevention education in schools all over Northwest Indiana. Their presentation calendar for the school year is completely booked, and more schools reach out every day inviting them to speak. The prevention department has its work set out for them this year, and they could not be more excited about it!

Research and data show that child sexual abuse can be prevented through education. Fair Haven has different age-appropriate curriculums that they utilize in schools, all of which center around the concept of empowerment. Fair Haven believes that by empowering children with education and tools, sexual abuse can be prevented. They also reinforce the concepts covered by giving out empowering bracelets to children who receive the program, which say "my body belongs to me". For more information on why Fair Haven and other organizations are investing in prevention efforts, check out the link below titled preventchildabuse.org

The Prevention Education Department's hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed. As preventionists, Tami and Rachael pride themselves on implementing crucial sexual abuse prevention education for as many students as possible. Through hard work and donations from supporters like you, Fair Haven RCC can offer schools the materials to ensure each student receives resources for empowerment and support. Investing in our youth will guarantee that we will build a safer and kinder future for all.

Bracelets given to kids to reinforce empowerment
Bracelets given to kids to reinforce empowerment

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Tami and Rachael
Tami and Rachael

Over the past few months, Fair Haven's Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education Department has been occupied prepping for a busy school presentation season! We wanted to take a moment to highlight our hardworking team members.

Tami, pictured on the left, started working at Fair Haven in January of 2019. She has always had a passion for working with youth. She has found it immensely fulfilling to empower kids to use their voice, and teaching them other ways they can protect themselves from abuse.

Rachael, pictured on the right, started with Fair Haven in June of 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ball State University and is working towards her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Rachael Loves being out in the community and empowering youth. Outside of work, she spends her time playing with her cats, studying, and working out.

The Prevention Education Department's hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. As preventionists, Tami and Rachael pride themselves on implementing crucial sexual abuse prevention education to as many students as possible. Through hard work and donations from supporters like you, Fair Haven RCC can offer schools the materials to ensure each student receives resources for empowerment and support. Investing in our youth will guarantee that we will build a safer and kinder future for all.

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Meet our new team member, Rachael!
Meet our new team member, Rachael!

Fair Haven's Child Sexual Abuse Prevention/Education Department has some exciting updates. First, we welcome Rachael McConnell as the new coordinator of the department. She is very excited to step into the position and provide crucial and free prevention education.

In 2021 alone, the department went into numerous schools all over Northwest Indiana, USA, and presented to 19,585 students. While the department's reach continues to grow, potential areas of improvement within education have been identified.

Fair Haven RCC has been developing relationships within the schools over the years and has continued researching the outcome of this education. Research shows that differently-abled students' specific needs may not be being met during the presentations. Additionally, Northwest Indiana has a large Spanish-speaking population. Meaning that there are a lot of students who predominantly speak Spanish. If they do not receive the education in the language most familiar and comfortable to them, they might miss important concepts.

Inclusion within education is paramount. Having prevention education that can be modified to meet all student's needs is what the department is actively working towards. Fair Haven RCC takes pride in providing excellent prevention education to the community. Through hard work and donations from supporters like you, we can offer schools the materials to ensure each student receives resources for empowerment and support.

Safety
Safety

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Growth
Growth

Starting with the Child Lures curriculum and a community campaign against child sexual abuse in 2017, Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center began using prevention to fulfill our vision of creating a caring, safe and nurturing community with zero tolerance for violence... and it continues today. Through education and outreach, staff have shared the opportunity for FREE child sexual abuse prevention education, mandated in the state of Indiana, everywhere in NWI and with anyone that will listen. The message continues to spread and our program continue to grow!

The famous childhood song, originally written as a poem by Welsh composer Joseph Parry (21 May 1841 – 17 February 1903), is a great analogy for the reason behind the growth of the child sexual abuse prevention program over the years.

Make new friends,
But keep the old.
One is silver,
And the other, gold.
A circle's round
It has no end,
That's how long
I'm gonna be your friend.

A fire burns bright,
It warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
From the very start.
You help me,
And I’ll help you,
And together
We will see it through.

Partnering with local school districts, we formed relationships that have continued over the years and created ‘sparks’ of interest in other school districts, as well as, with other types of youth-serving organizations. Regardless of position changes or new staffing, several school districts have faithfully ensured to reserve dates for presentations year after year. We have also noticed, by good report and referral, other districts reach out to get information and then openly invite our program into their schools. This year we have been contacted by different youth-serving organizations and churches requesting education for kid’s ministry staff and volunteers.

None of this growth is possible without generous support and the warmth of relationships. Taking a moment of reflection, here at the end of this year, the ‘fire’ and passion has not wavered. Our friends that believed in our mission and vision, empowered us to start. Adding friends that we have collected over the years, maintain our mission and vision. The future is bright as we see the value of investment come full circle. Together, we will see this through. Each of you are more valuable to us than silver or gold.

 

 

Value in Relationships
Value in Relationships

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Prevention Education curriculum materials
Prevention Education curriculum materials

The Prevention Education Team at Fair Haven RCC are getting ready for a busy education season. Within a week of the students returning to school, the team are already implementing the child sexual prevention educations; Think First & Stay Safe to prek-6th grade and Teen Lures to 7-12th grade students.

The 2021-2022 school presentation calendar is quickly filling up. As I write this report, I am proud to say that we have four school districts reserving dates, finishing the 2021 calendar year! Lots of work goes into getting ready for presentations, BEFORE implementing. Busy season looks like this (per district);

  • Contacting school district administrators to discuss program.
  • Creating material packets for school administration to review, while deciding if the program is a good fit for their district.
  • Deciding the presentation format appropriate for their community and reserving dates neccesary for completion.
  • Contacting school principals to discuss scheduling presentation time slots and getting student counts per grade.
  • Scheduling a parent presentation of the program or providing a parent letter with the information, so they can give informed consent for student participation.
  • Ordering Child Lures curriculum materials; colorbooks for grades prek-2nd and workbooks for grades 3-6th. Ordering necessary Parent Guides for elementary and middle/high schooler parents.
  • Printing handouts; Fair Haven handouts that create applicable opportunities for elementary students or Teen Lures curriculum handouts for secondary students.
  • Gathering all materials per district, then per school, and sometimes per class and grade. (See pictures)
  • Reviewing curriculum components to ensure it meets school diverse needs and expectations. Modify as needed.
  • The week prior to presentations- Contacting school principals, teachers, school counselors, technical support and secretaries;
  1. To ensure everyone knows what to expect during implementation; where, when, ect.
  2. Technology needs of presenter and/or teachers; projecting PowerPoint, sound, and sometimes a virtual link.
  3. Be mindful and ready for support if students need to disclosure or if triggered by presentation. 

Fair Haven RCC takes pride in providing excellent prevention education to the community. Through hard work AND donations from supporters like you, we can offer schools the materials to ensure EACH STUDENT receives resources for empowerment and support.

Wish us luck as we reach out to students, that we can be relevant and clear as we present this important message in the school community.

Think First & Stay Safe workbooks 3-6th grade
Think First & Stay Safe workbooks 3-6th grade

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