The primary goals of the program are to teach children, of all
ages, 1) skills to protect themselves from sexual assault, and 2)
the importance of reporting.
Teachers are the primary presenters of the prevention program. This
decision was made because a history of disclosures by children being
sexually assaulted indicates that children will more often disclose
to a teacher than to anyone else.
Also included in the classroom presentations will be resource speakers
from either the local mental health center, Department of Child Welfare,
local crisis center or children advocacy center, and local law enforcement
By including resource speakers from agencies that come in contact
with the victims of child sexual abuse, we believe that children will
be more comfortable with reporting an incident after having become
better acquainted with those people.
The PSAP consists of a four session program presented to the 2nd grade
and a similar four session program at the 4th grade level that is
delivered over a two week period.
The intention is that a child entering the second grade will view
the program twice before leaving the fourth grade. Sessions are
one hour in length and the four-session program is presented in the
classroom in a two-week period during the second semester of the school
In addition to elementary students, a similar program is offered to
pre-schools, Headstart, churches, early education center, middle schools
and girl and boy scouts.
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