Project Aware is a school and community based sexual abuse prevention education program, provided through the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), Kansas City and supported by the Children’s Trust Fund. The free program educates children, parents, school staff and interested community members throughout Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass Counties. Project aware teaches pre-k through 5th grade students critical information about body safety, safe and unsafe touches, how to identify a trusted adult to tell and that they have a right to tell. The program also trains parents and teachers on how to create a safe environment for children, and provide education on the caregivers role in sexual abuse prevention. Children with developmental disabilities are also served through Project Aware. We spoke with Mary Hopkins, Education and Outreach Specialist, about the program.
AUDIO: Educating and debunking myths
AUDIO: Hopkins talks about ways community members can reach out.
AUDIO: Resources made available through CTF grant funding
AUDIO: Hopkins shares the story of a child who was able to receive protection through education from Project Aware.