“I really feel that if I had known about or if I had a teacher or another adult ask me about it, I would have told.” -A childhood sexual abuse survivor
HAVEN is dedicated to addressing public health through violence prevention and improving the well-being of children and families.
Using age-appropriate interactive curricula, this school-based K-12 prevention education program aims to expose the realities of sexual and domestic violence in our communities. Our main goals are to prevent violence before it happens and to change behaviors and mindsets to make our community a safer place.
Sexual and domestic violence and teen dating violence have a major impact on the lives of individuals, their families and friends, and ultimately, on the entire community. The correlation between child sexual abuse and public health is well documented. Survivors are more likely to suffer from substance abuse and suicidal behavior than the general public. Child sexual abuse and teen dating violence can cause a range of chronic disorders including PTSD, as well as difficulty forming healthy relationships of any kind.We’d love to see your child’s original drawing focusing on Personal Body Safety. They can include any of the important messages we talked about in their class, our safety rules and/or the puppets. Designs can be created on a blank piece of paper using pen, pencil, crayon, marker, etc., but must be drawn free hand. On the back of your drawing include your child’s name, grade (K-4 only please), teacher’s name, school.
Your child can give their drawing to their teacher, guidance counselor or you can mail entries directly to HAVEN at 20 International Drive, Suite 300, Portsmouth, NH 03801. Drawings become property of HAVEN and will not be returned. Only one entry per child. The winner will be chosen at the end of March.