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Kids Have Rights

Who We Are.

Kids Have Rights is a prevention program of the Children’s Advocacy Center. Our program educates and empowers students, school staff, parents and caregivers to recognize, prevent, and stop child sexual abuse. The Kids Have Rights staff is composed of certified teachers with over 40 years of classroom experience between them.

What We Do.

Kids Have Rights accomplishes its mission by partnering and working collaboratively with area elementary schools to present body safety lessons during the school day that are engaging, child-centered, and age appropriate.  Curriculum is based on the latest research and informed by the expertise of the program educators, CAC’s therapists, forensic interviewers, law enforcement, and others.

KHR educators present a 30 – 60 minute lesson (dependent upon grade level) which is reinforced by subsequent mini-lessons taught by the classroom teacher. Classroom teachers are given an instructive video, an Educator’s Guide, and answer keys.  They are taught the warning signs of child sexual abuse, how to effectively listen and respond appropriately to a disclosure of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse.

Supplemental materials are sent home so that parents/caregivers may work with their child to reinforce lessons and increase their knowledge and comfort in talking to their child about body safety.  Parents/caregivers are taught the warning signs of child sexual abuse and how to listen and respond appropriately to their child.

Kids Have Rights knows that it is only through working collectively and consistently that we can stop the silent epidemic of child sexual abuse.

When a child knows that they have adults in their lives who will listen to them, who will believe them, and who will help them, they are willing to tell their story free of hesitation or fear.

Why We Do It.

In 1991, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County, formerly the 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 providing education for children, parents, caregivers, and school staff that would halt the cycle of child sexual abuse.

The Kids Have Rights program began in the fall of 2004 and continues today, visiting Kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms each school year throughout Kent County.  Last year alone, KHR presented body safety lessons in over 900 classrooms throughout 17 public school districts. Research states that one in ten children will be the victim of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday, so we still have much work to do, and we need your help to do it.

What Parents, Teachers, and Kids Say about Kids Have Rights.

“Very clear presentation! Easy for the kids to understand.”

“I learned I should tell a safe adult – a grown-up I trust – if I get a touch that makes me uncomfortable.” 1st grade student

“Absolutely love the classroom presentations and the mini follow-up lessons. Your presenters are efficient, entertaining, engaging and non-threatening for the students. Thank you!”

“Another awesome year of KHR. Thank you for providing a kid-friendly program that teaches such an important topic.”

“I learned that I can say, “No,” and I will not be in trouble if I tell a safe adult.” 3rd grade student.

Getting Kids Have Rights into your school.

Please contact Sara Soehnel, Kids Have Rights Program Manager, at ssoehnel@cac-kent.org or 616.336.4265 for more information

5% of children under the age of 18 are solicited sexually online.
1,000+ suspected child sexual abuse cases are reported in Kent County each year.
75% of childhood sexual abuse is thought to go unreported.
1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys are sexually abused.
1,000+ suspected child sexual abuse cases are reported in Kent County each year.
75% of childhood sexual abuse is thought to go unreported.
1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys
are sexually abused.
5% of children under the age of 18 are solicited sexually online.