Empowerment Not Fear Program
Child Rescue Network is leading the way to change the way parents and communities think and act when it comes to protecting children from sexual abuse, abduction and victimization, such as human trafficking.
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually victimized by the time they reach 18 year old. It doesn’t have to be this way, but a change is needed to help keep children safe.
For over 30 years, most parents and child care providers have told children “Don’t talk to strangers”. It was with the best of intentions, but the truth is that Stranger Danger is a national tragedy. The whole concept is flawed in every way. We certainly don’t fault parents who have used this message. It’s all we’ve heard for over 3 decades, but we encourage you to stop and tell your family and friends to stop as well.
First and foremost is the fact that 93% of children who are sexually victimized know their abuser! While the “stranger” assault does happen, your child is 9 times more likely to be sexually abused by someone they know and often trust and even love. 39% of the time it is a family member!
The fear based message of Stranger Danger can also cause a child to be introverted and shy and actually a much better target for a pedophile.
Empowerment Not Fear is a program created by Child Rescue Network that teaches some of the lures predators utilize, how to recognize potentially dangerous situations and how to react when the need arises. But it goes much further… we educate parents on the need to establish and maintain open lines of communication within the family, we stress the importance of building confidence in kids and giving them and understanding and respect of personal boundaries.
Most child molesters will try to groom a child to build a relationship. They will constantly test the boundaries to see just how far they can go. A child who is strong enough to stand up and say “NO” is much less likely to be victimized. Predators don’t want confident kids, they want the child they can control and manipulate. They want the child who will keep quiet and not tell.
The wonderful side-effect of the Empowerment Not Fear program is the knowledge and the skill sets that kids learn will help them to become well-balanced, empathetic and successful adults.
98% of parents who have participated in this program over the last 7 years have indicated on a follow-up survey that because of what they learned they have changed the way they protect their children!
Together we can begin to “Move the needle” and lower the number of children forced to endure the life-changing impact of sexual abuse.
Here is safety information for parents and for children.
Review this material with your kids… learn a new safety tip each day or every couple of days until your child has it down. Fear is simply not knowing what to do… teach your kids what to do when faced with a potentially dangerous situation.
Feel free to print any of this safety information and distribute as desired.