Adult and Community Programs
The programs below are appropriate for parent groups, college classes, and other adult community group. Our Prevention/Education Department will also create programs based on the needs of the community.
This is a program designed for educators and parents who are looking for some concrete ways to talk to their children or students about general safety, "stranger danger" and uncomfortable touches. This program incorporates current statistics, best practices for child safety and a discussion of the kinds of "lures" or tempting tricks someone may use to hurt a child. A list of suggested activities for parents is provided. Internet safety tips and popular Internet applications such as, Facebook and Twitter are also included. This program is not appropriate for children.
Crime and Its Impact
This introductory program aims to provide participants with a general understanding of the impact of crime, not only on the individuals involved, but also on the community as a whole. The discussion revolves mostly around questions from participants and case histories. This program may include a video that tells the story of a funeral director who sees the impact of homicide on people all around her.
The Three Types of Abuse
This program outlines physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Discussion will address that while bruises or wounds may not be visible, a person may still be the victim of abuse. The fact that abuse can occur in any type of relationship: romantic, familial, or platonic, is also an integral part of the program. We stress that every person, regardless of their ethnicity, age or economic status deserves to be treated with respect by others.
Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting: What You Should Know About Child Abuse
This program is generally geared towards students studying to be teachers or those who are currently in a position as an educator or child care worker. It may also function as an introduction to the warning signs and effects of child sexual assault or abuse for others who are interested in learning about this prevalent crime and its impact on our community.
Identity Theft, or financial crime, is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, with 500,000 to 700,000 victims each year. Myths and facts regarding identity theft and scams are presented through interactive discussions and quiz questions. Ways individuals can reduce their risk of being a victim and what to do if someone has been the victim are discussed in this program.
Internet Safety and Cyber-Bullying
This is a program designed for parents and other adults to ensure the safety of children and their well being in the cyber world. The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County will incorporate current statistics, best practices for child safety and discussions on the kinds of popular Internet applications. Facebook, Instant Messenger, blogs, and text messaging may be used by children to emotionally and physically harm their peers. Adult offenders are also using these applications, typically used by teens and young adults, to pose as children and harm them. This program discusses what children and perpetrators are doing on these sites and how individuals can be safe on the Internet.
Bullying: What Parents Can Do
Each day, 160,000 children stay home from school because of bullying and harassment. Yet, nearly half of all parents believe that these issues do not affect their children. This program is designed to raise awareness of the presence of bullying in our schools, as well as the effects on the students. Statistics and an informational video are presented to parents to illustrate these ideas. Strategies for adults and children are also discussed to enable parents to assist their children.
*Other program topics available upon request.
All programs include a basic overview of The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, Inc. Additionally, a trained PA Sexual Assault Counselor conducts all programs.