Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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March 27, 2013

Indy officer to speak to kids about sexual abuse

Greensburg — Decatur County 4 Kids (DC4K) will be sponsoring Indianapolis Police Department (IPD), Sgt. Terry Hall’s Good-Touch-Bad-Touch program, which empowers children to know when an adult has touched them inappropriately, and to seek help.

Parents will be given the opportunity to see Terry Hall’s program before he presents to Decatur County elementary schools, 7 p.m. Tuesday April 2, at Greensburg Elementary School (GES).

Hall is scheduled to appear at GES Wednesday, April 3; Carousel Day Care Thursday, April 4; St. Mary’s Thursday, April 4; and North and South Decatur Elementary Friday, April 5.

Hall runs a nationwide body safety program dubbed “Good-Touch-Bad-Touch” for students kindergarten through fifth grade. He has worked seven years in the IPD Sex Offense Branch, and 30 years as an officer. Hall was assaulted as a child, and his work with children stems from that experience. Hall estimates that he has spoken to approximately 600,000 people over the course of many years.

Hall appeared Oct. 2012 in DC4K’s conference Happy Kids, Happy Families, Happy Lives, where he discussed the realities of sexual abuse, and parents’ obligation to educate their children of the threat of sexual predators. The sad reality is that the vast majority of abuse happens within the family.

Hall’s program addresses a number of societal problems that keep children from reporting abuse, including that children are often accused of lying.

Hall poses the question to adults: How can kids lie about something they don’t know about? Children aren’t allowed to call their private parts by their real names, let alone say someone touched those parts.

When Hall meets with the children, he will use anatomically correct dolls to show where kids are not allowed to be touched.

Hall also emphasizes that kids must obey their parents and respect adults, but if a child is uncomfortable with certain touches the child has a right to tell an adult “no.”

Hall will ask the kids “Who do your private parts belong to?” and if Hall’s program goes well, the answer will be “Me!”



Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004

 

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