Chaucie’s Place recruiting volunteers for prevention program

Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy center that focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse, is recruiting volunteers for its Body Safety Prevention and Education Program.

Executive Director Toby Stark said Body Safety was a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that teaches elementary school-aged children that their bodies belong to them and that they have the right to say “No” to a touch to their private parts for “no good reason or just to play a game.” Additionally, the program teaches children they should tell a trusted adult about any touches that make them uncomfortable and that abuse is never their fault.

According to Stark, more than 9,200 children throughout Hamilton County participate in the Body Safety program each school year.

Chaucie’s Place teaches Body Safety on Monday and Wednesday mornings in Hamilton County schools and volunteers have the flexibility to help as often or as little as their schedules allow. Volunteers are trained with a script and then given the opportunity to observe before they go into the classroom on their own.

The next Body Safety volunteer training is noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel. For more information or to register for the training, contact Jennifer Cutcliff at 759-8008 or jennifer@chauciesplace.org, or visit www.chauciesplace.org/body-safety.

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