Our children are often faced with choices affecting their development and safety.
Some things are easy to discuss with children-sports, their grades in school,
their friends, and many other features of daily lives.
Other things are more difficult to discuss, including child abuse-especially
child sexual abuse.
Although discussing child abuse with children may be difficult,
it is very important.
Perhaps the most important thing we can do protect children from abuse is
having open communication especially between parents and their children.
Research has shown that children whose parents talk to them about preventing
abuse are more effective at fending off assaults.
More than three million reports of child abuse are received each year,
including half a million reports of sexual child abuse.
As a major youth serving organization, the Boy Scouts of America has a unique
opportunity to help protect the youth of our nation.
The Boy Scouts of America has a variety of resources to help educate and
inform Scouts, Scouters and the community about recognizing, resisting and
reporting child abuse.
Cub Scout Educational Video
This award winning
production provides age-appropriate information about sexual abuse of
It Happened to Me is a video for Cub Scout age boys that
show common situations in which sexual abuse could occur.
discusses how child molesters often resort to tricks for gaining access
to their victims.
It emphasizes that if a boy has been sexual abused,
he should talk to his parents or other trusted adults.
The video also
stresses that it is not the child's fault if he has been sexually abused.
It is the child molester who is responsible.
video is available to borrow from the council service center and
many packs elect to show it at a special meeting for Scouts and their
Meeting and discussion
guides supporting the video are also available.
Adult Training Sessions
These sessions are
available for Scout leaders, parents, community leaders, and any other
adult who works with children. The sessions include a training video,
discussion and relevant handouts.
The training addresses many questions
that Scout volunteers and parents have regarding child sexual abuse.
Training is conducted
at the council level as well as the unit level by trained facilitators.
Community organizations can contact either council service center
for information about having this training provided for them or about
acquiring handouts and other informational pieces.
Boy Scout Educational Video
This videotape, A Time To Tell
was produced to educate boys 11 to 14 tears of age
about sexual abuse. This video introduces the "three Rs" of
Youth Protection. Boy Scout troops are encouraged to view the video
once each year. This
video is available to borrow from the council service center. Meeting
and discussion guides supporting the video are also available.
Venturing Educational Video
The videotape Personal Safety Awareness
was developed for any young person age 14-20.
is made up of vignettes dealing with the issues of acquaintance rape,
Internet safety, stalking and fraternization. Each scenario is followed
by instructions for local group discussions and a teen panel.
video is available to borrow from the council service center.
Meeting and discussion guides supporting the video are also available.
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