From MassKids <[email protected]>
Subject MassKids Chronicle: Latest child sexual abuse prevention news
Date October 25, 2021 6:14 PM
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October 2021

A package of bills introduced this session in the Massachusetts Senate and
House would go a long way to prevent the sexual abuse of our children.
S369, which would require child sexual abuse prevention education in
schools and youth organizations for staff and students, was heard by the
Joint Committee on Education on June 11th,

and its mirror bill in the House, H241, was heard by the Joint Committee on
Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities on September 15th. Also
heard on September 15th was S132, which would prohibit educator sexual
misconduct and make it so that a student cannot consent to sexual relations
with an educator. MassKids staff, board members and other advocates and
survivors testified in favor of these bills.

Learn the Facts. Take Action.
* Visit our [1]Citizens to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse webpage for links
to these bills, a summary of their key provisions, and why passage is so
* [2]Contact your Senator and Representative TODAY and urge them to sign
on to these bills. We need to show strong bi-partisan support.
* Check out this American Dream cable show featuring Senator Joan Lovely
and MassKids Director, Jetta Bernier, and hosted by lawyer Jim Carrigan.
Jetta and Senator Lovely discuss the Prevention Package. [3]Click here to
watch the show.

Learn About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Laws Across the U.S.

Our report, A Call to Action for Policymakers and Advocates: Child Sexual
Abuse Prevention Legislation in the States, which was released June 1st,
discusses five key CSA prevention laws and provides summaries of each
state's efforts to enact these laws. The report has been updated to include
new prevention legislation adopted since June in some states. [4]Click here
to download; see how the states compare and what MassKids recommends.

Free 3-part Webinar Series coming in November: Register Now!

MassKids/Enough Abuse is teaming up with The National Coalition to Prevent
Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (Prevent Together) and Prevent Child
Abuse America (PCAA) to host a free Webinar Series that will assist child
advocates and their networks in efforts to push for legislation to prevent
child sexual abuse. The series is a follow up to the release of the A Call
to Action for Policymakers and Advocates report. The first webinar will
provide an overview of the five recommended laws in each state; the second
will delve into recommendations for comprehensive child sexual abuse
prevention education laws for schools and youth organizations; the third
will focus on recommended screening policies and practices to prevent
educator sexual misconduct.

The 90-minute webinars will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays on
November 2nd, 9th and 16^th at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST.

Learn more and register today:
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Bring Child Safety Posters to Your School or Youth Organization

MassKids' child safety posters for schools and youth organizations
encourage children to reach out to trusted adults if they ever feel unsafe
where they live, learn or play. The school posters have been endorsed by
the MA Association of School Superintendents and the Massachusetts School
Nurse Organization.

The 11"x17" printed posters are available in quantity through MassKids
(Just reply to this email or email [email protected]).

Schools or youth organizations may also download the [6]8.5"x11" flyer here
for schools or [7]here for youth organizations for distribution to students
and to post on your organization's website.

Cummings Foundation Grant Awarded to MassKids

MassKids is one of 140 recipients of the Cummings Foundation's 2021 $25
million grant program. The $100K Cummings Grant will support Enough Abuse
child sexual abuse prevention trainings for schools and youth-serving
organizations in Lowell, Lynn and Medford. With support from the Parker
Foundation last year, nearly 1,200 employees across Lowell's 30 public
schools completed our Enough! e-learning course, and three virtual
trainings for Lowell-area youth-serving organizations were held. The
Cummings Grant will allow us to expand our trainings in Lowell and other
Greater Lowell area communities.

The Cummings Grant will also build upon previous efforts in the city of
Lynn, including a training of trainers that certified two dozen advocates
to deliver Enough Abuse Campaign workshops in the community.

On Oct. 27th, the American Dream Cable Show, hosted by lawyer and community
leader Jim Carrigan will feature Lynn School Superintendent Patrick
Tutwiler, Lynn Economic Opportunity CEO Birgitta Damon and MassKids
Director Jetta Bernier in a discussion about upcoming child sexual abuse
prevention efforts in the community.

Meetings with key community leaders in Medford are scheduled this fall,
including with the Mayor, School Superintendent, Chief of Police and School
Committee members to plan for the launch of the Enough Abuse Campaign
effort in that community.

What have schools in your community been doing to prevent child sexual

You can bring our Enough! Preventing Child Sexual Abuse course to your
school. Download our [8]flyer and brief [9]slide deck for more information.
Share them with school leaders and encourage them to request a free,
no-obligation preview of the course.

Feedback from school employees remains strong and positive. As one teacher

"I have been teaching for nearly 30 years and this is one of, if not the
best trainings I have ever sat through. It was visually beautiful and well
presented…It was powerful." Lowell Public Schools

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and learn 6 Ways You Can Give.

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