The Personal Safety Awareness Program (PSAP) started as a joint project
of Horizons Mental Health Center and the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence
Center (SA/DVC) in 1982 as a result of a mutual concern about the
increase in confirmed reports of child assault in Reno County since
1979. The two authors responsible for the creation of the PSAP were
Susan (Yoder) Alexander, MSW, a SA/DVC volunteer, who became the coordinator
of the PSAP in 1983, and Richard Line, MS, MSW, Horizons Mental Health
there were 18 confirmed cases of child assault in Reno County
In 1984 there
were 60 confirmed cases.
The grass roots of the program curriculum was developed with the
help of educational professionals, including several grade school
teachers, a school nurse, and a grade school principal, and a law
enforcement officer. Included also in the development of the program
were several psychologists and clinical social workers specializing
in children services.
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