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Promise Not To Tell? A Teacher’s Guide to Recognizing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse

Warning signs, reporting procedures, and the legal process
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20 minutes
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By the age of 18, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused. And teachers—along with other school personnel and mental health workers—are required by law to report suspected child abuse. Promise Not To Tell?, a three-part series produced by KET in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, provides vital information for teachers about this difficult and important issue.

Promise Not To Tell? features teachers, counselors, administrators, mental health and law enforcement professionals, and adult survivors sharing insight and advice on dealing with child sexual abuse, from the first suspicions through reporting, the legal process, and the aftermath of reporting the abuse. The three 20-minute programs can be viewed as part of a faculty-wide training on the issue of child sexual abuse or used as a self-study by individual teachers.

Episodes in this Series

101. Recognizing and Responding
Most children do not report abuse, so it's important to know what to look for. This program describes many of the warning signs of child sexual abuse, offers advice on how to respond to a student who reports abuse, and outlines the legal responsibilities of teachers and other professionals who suspect that a child is being abused—as well as what a teacher is not expected to do. 18 minutes.
102. Reporting and Investigating
Examines all aspects of reporting child sexual abuse, including whom to contact and what happens when and after the abuse is reported, and addresses issues relating to the child's family, the protection of the child, the safety of the reporting teacher, and the investigative process. 19 minutes.
103. Dealing with Long-Term Consequences
Addresses how teachers can support the child during and after the prosecution of the abuser and examines why an abuser may not be brought to trial. 24 minutes.

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Last Updated: Friday, 10-Aug-2012 03:19:21 EDT