Published On: Tue, Jul 10th, 2012

KidSafe Foundation Says Sandusky Trial Should Act as Wake-Up Call

BOCA RATON — KidSafe Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to empower children and adults through education to prevent child abuse, believes the trial of Jerry Sandusky should act as a wake-up call to the importance of sex abuse prevention training to protect children from pedophile predators.

KidSafe Foundation Co-Founder Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA says, “When you hearSandusky talk, it is ‘pedophile speak’- he does not think what he did was wrong. The children he abused were no match for such a ‘skilled’ pedophile whose goal is to make a child feel it is their fault; that no one will believe them, especially when it is someone so revered asSandusky who was atPennState. We must educate children and adults about the dangers and how to access help. It is our hope that Jerry Sandusky’s guilty verdict shows survivors you will be believed, you need to tell, most don’t know how to – we want to teach them.”

A true pedophile thinks the child is a willing participant. He makes the child think this as well, and therein lies why children, most often do not tell. Child sex abuse statistics are shocking; 90 percent of the time a child is harmed by someone they know, 68 percent of the time it is a family member.

Established by child safety experts, Sally Berenzweig MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW, KidSafe Foundation wants every child to understand and believe that they have the right to be safe. The founders believe that sexual abuse prevention training should be mandated for every adult working with children. “Not only will this help the adults recognize the red flags of an offender when they are in the process of grooming our children, it will teach them what do and how to respond to protect children,” comments Co-Founder, Cherie Benjoseph.

KidSafe Foundation provides Prevention Education programs and materials to children and adults to decrease child sexual abuse, bullying, and internet dangers. The Foundation’s goal is to give children a voice and empower them and the adults who keep them safe with education and communication skills to become the first line of defense in their children’s safety.

For information on KidSafe Foundation programs and books or call 1-855-844-SAFE.


KidSafe Foundation Co-Founders, Sally Berenzweig MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW

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