KIDZ Have Rights Beginnings
In 1991, the Kent County Children’s Assessment Center began providing services to child victims of sexual abuse. As the forensic interviewer heard children’s stories of abuse year after year, she began to envision a program that would reach out to children, caregivers and schools in the community. Her vision included:
- education for students that would be developmentally appropriate and child friendly
- information for parents, caregivers, and school staff on responding to and reporting child sexual abuse
To begin the development process, a needs assessment was conducted in 2004 to educators throughout Kent County. The results overwhelmingly stated there was a gap in services provided within the community; body safety education. This service was not only needed, but wanted in elementary classrooms.
The KIDZ Have Rights program began in the fall of 2004, visiting kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms each school year throughout Kent County. The program goals are to educate and empower students, school staff and parents to recognize, prevent, and stop child sexual abuse.