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Students Come Forward About Sexual Abuse After Receiving MBF Prevention Education Lessons

An elementary school in New York is praising the effectiveness of MBF Prevention Education Programs after a principal was arrested and charged with sexually abusing students. The Bivona Child Advocacy Center delivered MBF Child Safety Matters® (educating students on sexual abuse, bullying, and more) in the Hilton Central School District, NY, just prior to a student disclosing he had been sexually abused by the school’s principal.

 

Original Story by Peter Schorsch, Florida Politics

MBF Child Safety Matters® curriculum is helping kids in New York. The Monique Burr Foundation for Children is known in Florida, but schools in other states are increasingly finding the organization’s anti-bullying and abuse-awareness education is a useful tool for helping students process abuse events and learn how to prevent them from happening in the future.

MBF offers courses on abuse, cyberbullying, exploitation, trafficking, digital abuse, and other digital dangers children face. The curriculum provides children and adults information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond to abuse.

Recently, an elementary school in New York began using MBF’s curriculum which helped a young student understand that he had been abused by the school’s principal. The curriculum gave him the words to tell his mother what had happened, leading to the principal being arrested and charged with sexually abusing students.

According to reports, prosecutors say the nine victims, all boys, were between the ages of 9 and 12. The abuse could go back decades, they said.

Without the Monique Burr Foundation’s curriculum, it may not have been discovered and the principal could have continued harming children.

Deb Rosen, Executive Director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center in New York, praised the Florida-based organization’s “Child Safety Matters” curriculum.

“This is a well-researched evidence-informed curriculum that teaches children fundamentally about how to keep themselves safe. It teaches them about body safety it teaches them about trusted adults, and it teaches them about what to do if somebody is making them feel uncomfortable or unsafe,” she said.

“We provide the curriculum for children, beginning in kindergarten all the way through eighth grade, and the lessons developmentally sort of appropriate so the key messages the key messages about safety and body autonomy remain the same but they are expressed in language that’s appropriate to the to the age of the child.”

In Florida, Monique Burr Foundation’s curriculum is available in all school districts thanks to a contract it has through the Attorney General’s Office.

As the pandemic shut down schools last year, MBF was able to quickly pivot and make its courses accessible online. The move came as experts warned that school closures could, unfortunately, subject some children living in abusive environments to more abuse.

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What They're Saying...

I heard about the program through my son. He came home…and showed me the safety rules. I cannot thank the Foundation enough; to have other people who are also concerned about my child’s safety and the safety of other kids is wonderful. I especially like the program’s focus on the prevention side.

There’s not a child in the world who can’t benefit from this program. There are so many instances where we see children who have been damaged and hurt. Things happened to them and we think, if they’d only had this program, if they’d only had the benefit of this education, that might not have happened to them. If we can prevent that from happening to a single child, then it’s worth all the effort we have put forth.

The MBF Child Safety Matters program is impressive. This important information is well formulated and well presented, developmentally appropriate, and based on good understanding of literature.