The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and d’Vinci Interactive showcased a new website Wednesday designed to help parents, teachers and caregivers keep children safe from sexual abuse.
PCAR and d’Vinci developed SafeSecureKids.org featuring helpful resources, videos and an interactive game, after sexual assault center staffs expressed a need to find better ways to engage parents and caregivers in their communities about healthy sexual development. They also found that educators needed materials to help communicate with children about sexual harassment, abuse and assault.
“Ultimately we want all kids to be happy, healthy and safe so they can grow up to be happy, healthy, safe adults,” PCAR Prevention and Resource Coordinator Jackie Strohm said. “And it’s our responsibility as adults to keep kids safe. Through a combination of in-person and online education, we can provide multiple opportunities for caregivers and children to teach kids about boundaries, respect and communication at home.”
PCAR and d’Vinci know how important it is for adults to reinforce the skills that children learn in their classrooms and for adults to educate their family members and friends and hold people accountable if they cross a child’s boundaries. The resources on SafeSecureKids.org make it easier for parents and educators to feel comfortable and confident talking with the children in their lives about these topics.
“We are proud to partner with PCAR to create helpful tools for adults to have meaningful conversations with children to prevent sexual abuse. We can all be a part of the solution by working together to educate kids. We look forward to developing additional tools with the support of organizations that share our desire to make a difference in the lives of children,” said d’Vinci CEO Luke Kempski. In addition to the investments made by d’Vinci and PCAR, SafeSecureKids.org is sponsored in part by Penn State Health and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
About PCAR: PCAR works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims. We partner with a network of rape crisis centers to bring help, hope, and healing to people in all of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties. Last year, rape crisis centers provided services to approximately 30,000 victims. Each year, rape crisis centers teach over 300,000 Pennsylvanians how to stop sexual violence in their communities. Over 50,000 professionals are trained by rape crisis centers to enhance the Commonwealth’s systemic responses to victims.
About d’Vinci: For 25 years, d’Vinci has provided custom learning solutions to government agencies, corporations, medical education and certification organizations and educational content providers. d’Vinci collaborates with clients to bring order and clarity to content and technology. d’Vinci extends its capabilities through its parent company, JPL (JPLcreative.com), a creative agency that provides strategic marketing, internal communications, media production, and web development to regional, national and global brands.