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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.336.4265 for more information