Child Abuse Safety Training
Posted May 28, 2007
Carolyn Brose (New Vrindavana, West Virginia) commented, "I received excellent information and a specific curriculum to use to teach children from pre-K to middle school age on how to deal with sexual abuse. I will utilize this learning system...in offering a comprehensive program for families of the New Vrindavana community."
Sri Radhika devi dasi (St. Louis, Missouri) stated, "GTBT is an excellent program based on thorough child psychology and sexual abuse research, which really hits at the heart of child abuse issues. It is especially helpful to get the training within the devotee community, so that we can understand the program within the context of Krishna Consciousness and get the guidance on challenges and opportunities within our movement. In this day and age, child abuse is such a rampant problem that it is a disservice to leave children untrained. GTBT is a gift I'd like to give to every child I know."
Govinda Priya devi dasi (New Vrindavana, West Virginia) added, "GTBT is a very effective tool to help children protect themselves. I felt that it catered very effectively to all ages, keeping in mind their developmental stages...I hope to train children at the Sunday School, as well as the community children, so that they know what to do if something happens to them. I strongly feel that we have a right to be safe, and it is our responsibility as an adult to provide a safe environment for our children."
Kamalavati devi dasi (New Vrindavana, West Virginia) commented, "I now have a much deeper understanding of all types of abuse, particularly sexual abuse. The program is excellent and empowering. I look forward to teaching this within my community to share this with families to create an atmosphere of openness and awareness for everyone to be safe."
The ISKCON Child Protection Office received a grant from Children of Krishna, Inc. in 2006, to implement the Good Touch Bad Touch(c) program within ISKCON schools and Sunday Schools. So far, the Alachua Learning Center and the New Raman Reti School in Alachua, Florida; and the Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and Sandipani Muni School in Vrindavana, India, have adopted this body safety education program, trained teachers and obtained materials. There is also interest in implementing this program in schools in Australia, Bhaktivedanta Manor, Hungary, Mayapur, and Chowpatti. Other devotees have expressed interest in introducing Good Touch Bad Touch(c) into their local Sunday School curriculum. If you would like to find out more about how you can bring GTBT to your community, school or Sunday School, please contact Tamohara das, Director of the ISKCON Child Protection Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more about the program at www.ChildProtectionOffice.org.
Captions: (All practice teaching the Good Touch Bad Touch(c) Child Abuse Safety Program)
Sri Radhika devi dasi, St. Louis, Missouri
Carolyn Brose, New Vrindavana, West Virginia
Mohini devi dasi, Detroit, Michigan