Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

Amy’s child-protection advocate origin story

I’ve been thinking about my child-protection advocate “origin story” lately. You know superhero origin stories, like Peter Parker being bitten by a radioactive spider to become Spider Man, or Superman escaping the dying planet Krypton to crash-land on his adopted home, Earth. My co-author, Kidpower Founder Irene van der Zande, has a really simple “origin story” about why she started Kidpower. In a nutshell: one day more than 25 years ago, Irene was a guiding a... Read more

Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute comes to North Carolina, October 5-7, 2015

This fall we are excited to bring a significant Kidpower training to North Carolina. Kidpower Founder and Executive Director Irene van der Zande will be leading the Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, from October 5-7. I will be helping to facilitate along with my Kidpower North Carolina Center Co-director Maryjane Hayes, but I have to say that this is a very special opportunity to train directly with Irene, learning how to apply her... Read more

A timely reminder: “No forced kisses” –how to support your child’s boundaries during the holidays

Some relationship scenarios seem to be evergreen issues that come up year after year. Every time the holidays roll around, our children have grown and may have different feelings about showing affection with family members than they did last year. Here are ways to support kids’ boundaries around affection over the holidays, and ways to discuss this issue with confidence, respect and compassion with family members. This is a repost of the article No Forced Kisses for Your Kids: A... Read more

Facing Prejudice with Compassion and Determination: What can each of us do to create greater justice and safety?

By Irene van der Zande, cross-posted from Kidpower.org. Like countless others, I have been deeply troubled by the news stories about boys and men of color who have been humiliated, harmed, or tragically killed by law enforcement officials in situations where it is hard to believe the same thing would have happened if they had been white. As these cases add up in the public awareness and our legal system fails to address them in ways that seem fair, it is not surprising that the frustration,... Read more

Campus sexual assault: brief thoughts before I read “The College Rape Overcorrection”

I am about to read Emily Yoffe’s 11,000 word Slate.com article, “The College Rape Overcorrection.” In the past I have read what she has written about young women’s alcohol use on campus, and heard her speak on The Diane Rehm Show yesterday in the program about the Rolling Stone/UVa article backlash. I am a fan of Yoffe’s Dear Prudence advice column and I agree with her on many issues, but based on what I have heard so far, I am concerned about her stance on the... Read more

Sexual Assault on College Campuses/UNC Title IX Task Force lesson 2: Treat all parties with due process, fairness and respect #UNCIX

There has been a media firestorm about campus sexual assault with Rolling Stone’s story “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” eliciting a great reaction, then questions arising about Rolling Stone’s journalistic practices. Today The Diane Rehm Show spent an hour on the discussion of the fallout, spurring me to write more about my experiences on the UNC Title IX Task Force that reshaped the university’s response to sexual assault. I... Read more

Cultural Competence in Teaching Personal Safety

Staying culturally appropriate while teaching personal safety and child protection is both challenging and rewarding. The following article is an excerpt from our Child Protection Advocate Training Workbook and has been useful to people teaching personal safety skills from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden, the UK, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe – as well as throughout the United States. In every culture where... Read more

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