Are teachers safe? Frankly, most are, but it's a well-known fact that predators gravitate to positions that give them access to children, and that presents a challenge in terms of safe vs. unsafe people. On an almost daily basis, we see news stories of arrests, and it's no surprise that perpetrator professions are often "youth minister," "coach," "childcare worker," and "teacher." Because of this, no child serving organization can ever be completely safe. So how do we talk with our kids about this? How do we tell them that their teacher, or coach, the person they see daily, could be unsafe?
It's so easy to tell kids "don't talk to strangers" and convince ourselves that we've done our job protecting them from sexual abuse; the fact is, more than 90% of the time, your child's abuser will be someone they know. Stranger-danger is a myth; the horrifying reality is that most often it's the very people who should be their protectors.
Would you be comfortable talking with your child about "teacher-danger" or "coach-danger" or "neighbor-danger?" If your skin begins to crawl at the thought, you are not alone. When we hear stories about the youth pastor who had inappropriate sexual contact with a teen, or the coach who raped a player, it seems outrageous and uncommon, and yet these stories pepper the news on a daily basis. What is uncommon is the white van that drove through the neighborhood and kidnapped a child.
Safe vs. Unsafe ~ The Conversation
The conversation about safe vs. unsafe needs to change, and that's why Revved Up Kids is so passionate about our mission to protect children. We are the ones who are helping start the family dialogue, creating an understanding that unsafe people might be people who they know, trust, and see regularly. Our goal is to inform and equip children and teens, and to help adults spot the signs and put protections in place. Our more than twenty programs address safety in real life and online.
Why Revved Up Kids training is important
Imagine your child were being sexually abused....would they buy into the lies that scare them into silence, or would they feel empowered to come to you and disclose? That's how our training makes a difference. Imagine your church or your school splashed all over the news because of an incident of sexual abuse; an arrest and a news story means there are victims, and Revved Up Kids helps youth-serving organizations prevent predators from accessing victims. Are you ready to host a training for your group? Contact us!
Revved Up Kids has trained tens of thousands of children to recognize dangerous people, avoid unsafe situations, and escape attackers. Our training programs are available for boys and girls in K-12th grade, for parents, and for youth serving organizations. Contact us to discuss protecting the children you love from sexual predators and violence, 678.526.3335.