Many parents in the west are aware by now of the importance of teaching children about consent and body autonomy. That this is an important area to discuss in order to help protect children from sexual abuse is in some circles common knowledge. But for many parents in the rest of the world this is a brand new idea and concept.
Most parents haven’t even conceptualized the idea of body autonomy themselves, let alone thought of passing this idea on to their children. This leaves children open to abuse. But with your help we’re working to change that.
In the first quarter of 2019, 3 schools, both in Thailand and Myanmar, invited our family rescue team to come into the school and teach the children about the difference between healthy and affectionate physical contact, and abusive physical contact. In all 222 students participated in these classes so far this year. Classes are scheduled to continue throughout the year.
The class gives children, and their teachers, practical tools to distinguish love from abuse, to learn to respect others, and themselves, and basic self-protection skills.
By informing children, parents, and teachers about this subject in a culturally appropriate way children have a much better chance to protect themselves, and to report abuse when it occurs and find help in stopping it.
Thank you for partnering with us as we equip families and communities to protect children. Together we work to give every child the gift of a strong and healthy family.