The Amy center developed the program “Body Boundaries.” This is a comprehensive sexual abuse prevention program offered to preschool through eighth grade children in Clay, Clinton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Marion, Washington and Wayne counties. The curriculum is designed to teach children about patterns of abuse, how to avoid unwanted attention and touches, and to give practical instruction for those who are being victimized.
"Body Boundaries" include:
- My Body Belongs to Me
- My Body's Alarm Warns Me
- I Can Say NO!/Get Away
- Go Tell A Grown-Up
- It's Not My Fault/I'm Not to Blame
Child Abuse Statistics
- 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before age 18
- 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before age 18
- 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the Internet
- 90% of abused children are abused by someone they know
- Most young victims do not recognize their victimazation unless they are taught
- Children rarely lie about being sexually abused. Only 1%-4% of reported cases are fabricated
- Only 30% of child victims ever report their abuse
EDUCATED CHILDREN ARE EMPOWERED CHILDREN!
A parent guide has also been developed to assist parents in keeping their children safe including internet safety and techniques used by offenders including "grooming." Other tips include how to recognize signs of abuse or potential danger.
One Teacher can realistically instruct 200 children each year while also working a regular teaching assignment. Non-teaching facilitators, using an age-specific preventive program, can teach 6,000 children each year.
Erin's Law was signed by Gov. Quinn in January 2013. This law mandates that schools educate children on sexual abuse; how to prevent, stop and report it. The Amy Center's "Body Boundaries" program meets all of this criteria and more. However, we know that even with two educators, we cannot reach every child in every school every year. For that reason, we are making supplemental online educational curriculum available to educators and interested parties to assist schools with fulfilling the requirements of "Erin's Law." This list is not complete and we will be adding more curriculum in the near future. In addition to these available resources, you will also find a document that explains how our Body Boundaries program meets the requirements of Erin's Law.
Resources for Educators
- School Counseling
- NetSmartz.net Good Resources
- Gundersen Health Systems
- DCFS Mandated Reporter Training (create or use ID and password)
- Books and other Resources from Erin Merryn
- Amy Center Body Boundaries Program (no link provided)