Champions for Children with Disabilities
"I learned that if I were abused, I should keep telling someone until they believe me."
- A Minnesota child after a LET'S PREVENT ABUSE show.
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Let's Prevent Abuse
The LET'S PREVENT ABUSE Program helps children and adults gain information about child physical and sexual abuse as well as helps children to develop personal safety skills. This puppet program originated in 1984, in response to a growing awareness of the greater vulnerability of children with disabilities to all types of abuse. More than 83,000 children and adults have viewed the program presentation.
LET'S PREVENT ABUSE features four endearing multicultural, child-size puppets that portray children with and without disabilities. These puppets have proven to be a comfortable medium through which to teach children about abuse prevention. Opportunities exist throughout the program for the children to interact with the puppets through dialogue and role-play.
The performances, designed for children in grades 1-4*, address:
- The definitions of physical and sexual abuse;
- How to get help and whom to tell;
- The need for children to talk about the abuse if they are in such a situation;
- Feelings of guilt, isolation and shame associated with abuse; and
- It's never a child's fault when they have been abused.
LPA PUPPET PACKAGE DETAILS
Purchase of the package allows groups to present abuse prevention programs to audiences of school children grades one through four, including children with disabilities.
I. Four Puppets:
- Sally has a physical disability and portrays a girl who has experienced physical abuse
- Derek portrays a boy who has experienced a threat of sexual abuse
- Carmen portrays a friend, and a girl who avoided abduction
- Mitch portrays a friend
- Puppet sized wheel chair used by Sally
- Puppet stage building instructions are provided
The three scripts for general audiences of school children in GRADES ONE THROUGH FOUR address the issues of physical and sexual abuse, along with what to do when approached by a person you may or may not know and are asked to go with them. They include Sally, who has spina bifida, a physical disability, and has been physically abused; Derek, who faces the threat of sexual abuse from a trusted baby sitter; and Mitch and Carmen, who portray friends of both Sally and Derek.
IV. Books Included:
- LET'S PREVENT ABUSE Handbook: a Resource Guide
- Coordinators Handbook, a resource to use in organizing your LET'S PREVENT ABUSE Program
Training for coordinators and volunteers is available for an additional fee.
Extras for your puppet package:
- Small bag (holds two puppets)
- Large bag (holds three puppets)
- Folding puppet stage can be purchased or building instructions are provided.