KEEPING KIDS SAFE
SPECIAL EDITION TIDBITS - FALL 2017
The Anchorage School District and FAMILY PARTNERSHIP CHARTER SCHOOL are working to provide our families and students with the information and skills needed to protect themselves and seek help for the potential physical, psychological and emotional harm that can occur from abusive situations.
Many states, including Alaska, have passed laws with the intent of increasing the awareness of child sexual abuse and dating violence. You may have heard of this legislation under the more common name, Alaska Safe Children’s Act or Erin's and Bree’s Law.
Family Partnership recognizes that sexual abuse and dating violence are sensitive topics and that speaking to your children about these topics can be challenging.
Below are websites, phone numbers and .pdf resources. Some share information (statistics) and some are also designed to help facilitate conversations with your children. While they provide a wealth of information, they are by no means an exhaustive list.
We highly suggest that you preview the resources to determine it's appropriateness before using them with your children.
ALASKA SAFE CHILDREN'S ACT
AS 14.30.355 (Erin’s Law) in honor of Erin Merryn, who has crossed the country advocating for laws that will increase awareness of this crime against children, requires that the governing body of each school district to adopt and implement a policy, establish a training program for employees and students, and provide parental notices relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention for students enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve.
WEBSITES and PHONE NUMBERS
The Council promotes the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault and provides safety for Alaskans victimized or impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault through a statewide system of crisis intervention and support.
Being able to tell the difference between healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships can be more difficult than you would think. No two relationships are the same, so what’s unhealthy in one relationship may be abusive in another.
youth.gov (formerly FindYouthInfo.gov) was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP). The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating. Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels. It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.
Fight Child Abuse
The nonprofit Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation in conjunction with Wonder Media has developed a national campaign on a child abuse awareness and prevention.
The program’s main goal is to educate children about what to do when confronted with abusive behavior, safe and unsafe touches, going to a parent or another trusted adult if they are confronted in an unsafe situation, and that it is not their fault. An “Unsafe Touch” is defined as touching private parts of the body that are covered by a bathing suit. Stranger safety, Internet safety and other situations are also presented.
The program has been developed and scripted by child advocates, therapists, and national scholars and tested at various stages of development with students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and experts in the field of child abuse.