“Who Do You Tell?”™ (“WDYT?”™)
Child Sexual Abuse Safety and Education Program
A child sexual abuse program is vital for the health and safety of every community, and every person has a role to play in keeping our children safe.
CCASA owns the rights to and delivers the child sexual abuse safety program “Who Do You Tell?”™ (“WDYT?”™) in both Public and Catholic schools within Calgary. Using a three pronged approach by educating children, parents and teachers, the curriculum empowers adults to address the issues related to child sexual abuse in a safe, compassionate and energizing format.
We do believe that it is important to educate children on child sexual abuse just as they receive other safety information about other areas of concerns (i.e. fire safety; staying home alone safety, pool safety etc.) as it is important that they have the knowledge and tools to recognize abuse and tell an adult if something were to happen to them.
The “WDYT?”™ program has been reviewed and gone though best practices and has been found to be an effective program in helping to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse and its effect on victims and families. It has also been evaluated as an effective tool in detecting young sexual offenders who may be abusing thus allowing them to access resources and receive treatment for this behaviour much earlier in their lives.
Impact of child sexual abuse:
The magnitude of the problem of child sexual abuse and the resulting consequences for children, their families and society increases the need for appropriate, accurate and ethical child sexual abuse education. Children who have been sexually abused are at a greater risk to experience short and long term trauma symptoms. These include but are not limited to:
- not feeling safe in the world
- difficulty trusting themselves and others
- low self esteem, anger
- over achieving
- under achieving
- significant and varied fears about the world
- running away
- dropping out of school
- becoming involved with the Criminal Justice system.
Prevention of child sexual abuse and early intervention for child victims will benefit children and their families and reduce the rate of many of these difficulties.
It is important they know enough information in order to have some options should something happen to them. More importantly, CCASA believes that parents and teachers need information about this issue and how to address it with their children and/or in the event that something happens to a child they know. Parents are encouraged to be the primary educators for their children beginning at an early age, concerning child sexual abuse and are taught how to talk comfortably with them on this sensitive topic. Parents and teachers are taught to identify indicators of child sexual abuse, and are given support and information on how to deal with disclosures of child sexual abuse. Overall, CCASA believes that education and information empowers individuals to take action in response to child sexual abuse.
For more information about CCASA’s “Who Do You Tell?”™ Child Sexual Abuse and Safety Program or to arrange a presentation for your school or children’s group, please visit www.whodoyoutell.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-237-6905.