Safe@Last K-6 Curriculum

How is Safe@Last Meeting the Need?

Effectiveness

The program includes five objectives used to measure the attainment of outcome goals:

  • Ability to identify three or more safe people (people whom they trust)
  • Ability to discern between safe and unsafe situations
  • Ability to problem solve and use assertiveness skills if faced with an unsafe situation
  • Build respect for themselves and peers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to make a clear disclosure of an incident of sexual or physical abuse

Measurement

  • The curriculum collects and tracks continuous feedback from students and teachers. Student evaluations demonstrate that more than 70% of participants master all five milestones, with an average score of 85% or greater.
  • Student evaluations demonstrate that more than 70% of participants master all four milestones, with an average score of 90% or greater.
  • There are significant increases in disclosures by children after taking the class.
  • Outcome based research studies have confirmed overall increases of knowledge of up to nearly 25%.

National Need

  • 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18. (www.cdc.org)
  • Approximately 3/4 of reported cases of child sexual abuse are committed by family members or other individuals that are considered part of the victim’s “circle of trust.” (www.cdc.org)
  • 4 of 5 students (or 80%) - both boys and girls said they had experienced sexual harassment at some point during their school lives, with 1/3 reporting they experienced it often. (www.aauw.org)
  • 60% of boys and 70% of girls see online bullying as a serious problem and 70% of boys and 80% of girls feel that there should be stricter rules about it. (Cox Communications, 2009)
  • All children, both boys and girls, are vulnerable to sexual abuse, regardless of race, ethnicity, and economic background. (National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2009).
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Curriculum Feedback

Safe@Last Student

"I learned that you should be up front and tell somebody what is going on."

T. Williams, Super- intendent, Diocese of Nashville

"Students enjoy the program, especially role-playing different situations."

Metro-Nashville Public Schools

"...the Safe@ Last curriculum gave them the knowledge to identify abuse in their own lives."

Counselor at Bethesda Elementary

"I know the program is effective because I had a few reports… The program comes with everything the teacher needs, right down to a script that tells them what to say."

School Counselor

"Almost every child feels that she must be the ONLY one; most feel the guilt of 'It must have been my fault.' ...As a survivor of sexual abuse myself, I cannot tell you strongly enough how important Safe@Last and SAC are to me."

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