A SEX ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM FOR ADULTS, YOUTH & CHILDREN
In accordance with Archdiocesan and USCCB guidelines, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Portland are participating in an ongoing program for parents, youth, and children on “safe environment” and child sexual abuse prevention. Every parish is being asked to offer educational/training sessions for parents, adults, and volunteers, as well as to incorporate “safe touch” and child sexual abuse prevention skills into their children’s religious education curriculum and youth ministry programs. Here at Queen of Peace Parish, all parents, adults (volunteers are required to go through additional training), youth and children are encouraged to attend our CALLED TO PROTECT™
Called to Protect for Adults: All adults are invited and encouraged to attend an educational session focused on ways to keep children safe and prevent child sexual abuse.
In addition, adults (over age 18) planning to volunteer with youth or children’s parish programs (including Queen of Peace School) are required to participate in a second session. The material is not suitable for young children.
Called to Protect for Youth is not sexual education rather it is a self-protection training program that uses DVD, facilitated discussion and interactive activities to teach middle school and high school youths:
We will offer two separate sessions for this training. One will include the DVD’s for those youth who did not attend the training last year, and one session to review the material and do the interactive activities, so all youth are encouraged to come.
Called to Protect for Children is not sexual education rather the content has been developed by experts and is age-appropriate for Kindergarten through Grade 5. Children will meet with their catechists and age group peers for prayer, scripture and learning activities based on the following themes:
Building Boundaries is designed to teach children the skills they need to recognize boundary violations that precede abuse, to remove themselves from uncomfortable situations, and to tell a trusted adult when someone has crossed boundaries with them. Adults cannot hold children solely responsible for their own safety, but we can train them to play an active role in keeping themselves and their friends safe.
If you would like more information, please contact our parish office.