- Respect Healthy Boundaries: Tell kids the boundaries that stop grooming behaviors and empower them to expect the boundaries to be honored
- Talk about Sex and Sexual Abuse: Help kids embrace healthy sexuality and teach them the language of abuse, giving them permission to tell
- Have a Heart for Others: Develop in them a compassionate heart for others who are hurting
- Recognize Healthy Peer Relationships: Equip them to create healthy relationships with peers
- Establish Healthy Relationships with Younger Children: Prepare them to manage their own behavior and boundaries with younger children and to recognize concerning behavior in others
Boundaries that protect kids from sexual abuse in youth serving organizations are no different than boundaries or safety rules in other areas of their lives. When a child says they're going to go outside and ride their bike, we naturally respond by saying "Make sure you wear your helmet and stay out of the street." We don't go into gory detail about mangled bodies that would traumatize them but we do make sure they know how to put their helmet on and where the sidewalk ends and the street begins (the boundary). In the same way, we don't have to provide kids details about sexually inappropriate acts when we're talking with them about boundaries.
Empowering kids to hold others accountable for honoring these boundaries is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Tell kids the boundaries
- Tell kids to remind anyone who forgets a boundary
- Tell kids to tell their parents and another staff member or volunteer when someone forgets