From MassKids <[email protected]>
Subject This Holiday season, help ensure that each child is cherished
Date December 12, 2023 2:55 PM
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December 2023

Dear Friend of Children:

As another year ends, we reflect back on what MassKids has accomplished in
2023, thanks to the support of citizens like you who believe “It’s only
fair that each child be cherished.”

Since 2002, MassKids has been a leader in the effort to prevent child
sexual abuse in the Commonwealth. Our [1]Enough Abuse Campaign has been
building networks of community leaders, citizens and survivors to address
the issue; educating parents; training child/family-serving professionals;
and promoting specific policies to strengthen the capacity of schools and
community organizations to keep children safe.

We hope you will choose [2]MassKids and the Enough Abuse Campaign as your
charity of choice this Holiday season and join us in carrying out our
cutting-edge work to keep more children safe from the devastating yet
preventable effects of child sexual abuse.

[3]Donate to Support MassKids and Enough Abuse

Here are a few highlights of our work this past year:
* Launched the [4]“Safety STARS” initiative to deliver to schools and
community organizations high-quality in-person and online trainings;
cutting-edge assessment and prevention tools; and expert technical
assistance to strengthen their policies and practices to prevent child
sexual abuse.
* Educated now over 15,000 employees in 165 schools in 9 states using our
evidence-informed and highly-rated curriculum, [5]“Enough! Preventing Child
Sexual Abuse in My School”.
* Led the effort to pass crucial child sexual abuse prevention
legislation, as featured last month in a [6]Boston 25 Investigation
report that alerted the public to the crisis of child sexual abuse in
Massachusetts schools.
* Launched our curriculum, “[7]Understanding and Responding to Sexual
Behaviors of Children” to address growing requests from schools and parents
for guidance to address the problematic sexual behaviors of children.
* Expanded our [8]“Straight Talk About Child Sexual Abuse: A Prevention
Guide for Parents” with new sections on the 25 Adult Boundary-Violating
Behaviors parents should educate their children about, and on ways to
ensure child safety from sexual exploitation on the internet (in English
and Spanish.)
* Delivered numerous trainings, e.g. for Boston Children’s Hospital
medical providers; Massachusetts Mentor human service staff; Franklin
County parents and professionals; New England Resident Service
Coordinators; Texas child welfare providers; South Dakota Children’s
Advocacy Centers staff; etc.
* Convened a 90-minute [9]Virtual Legislative Briefing to educate
citizens about a package of bills aimed at preventing child sexual abuse in
* Assembled bimonthly the[10] States Policy Exchange, a virtual,
peer-support and networking resource that joins advocates and survivors
from over 32 states working to pass child sexual abuse prevention laws.
* Currently serving on the Research Policy and Practice Group for a
[11]CDC research initiative with Prevent Child Abuse America to study the
effect of child sexual abuse laws on reported cases.

At MassKids, our resourceful 2-person staff, engaged Board members and
committed volunteers work diligently to ensure that every dollar raised is
spent strategically to take our prevention programs to more communities.
Know that your support will result in tangible outcomes and help us reach
our goals faster and for more children.

We believe that working together we can create transformative social change
to end child sexual abuse.

We are troublemakers for kids.

We are building a movement.

Join us.

Jetta Bernier

Executive Director



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