Parenting Safe Children
Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Assault — In Your Community
Empowering you and your family with information and tools
to keep children safe from sexual assault.
"I recommend this workshop to every parent."
— Taylor, social worker
"You made a very difficult subject less scary."
— Lisa, parent
What is child sexual assault?
- Any sexual touching between an adult and a child
- Sexual touching between children when there is a 3-4 year age difference or coercion involved
- Sexual assault includes both touching of genitals and non-touching (looking, showing, and exposing genitals, as well as pornography) to meet the teen or adult’s sexual interests
- Child sexual assault is typically not a one-time act, but rather a lengthy process—known as grooming—in which a teen or adult gains the trust of the family, community and child to lure the child into sexual activity which interrupts development.
- Sexual assault can have traumatic short-term effects as well as devastating long- term effects—including issues with self-esteem, depression, and even suicide.
Who commits child sexual assault?
- 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18
- 90% of child sexual assault is committed by people in a position of trust, known to you and your children
- 30% to 50% of all child sexual assault is committed by youth
- While random acts of physical and sexual violence do occur, child sexual assault is most likely committed by a family member, teacher, neighbor, coach, babysitter, clergy, or someone else you already know
What can you do about it?
Knowledge is power! Taking action by talking about child sexual assault with your children’s caregivers and your children can prevent it. The Parenting Safe Children workshop gives you all the tools you need to talk with both your children’s caregivers and your children to build your Prevention Team™. While it is one of the most difficult subjects to talk about with your kids, it is one of the most important conversations you could ever have—and one that is much easier to have before sexual assault takes place.
In the Parenting Safe Children workshop, you will learn:
- What makes children and their families vulnerable to sexual assault
- Grooming behaviors that precede sexual assault
- Language to talk with your children about sex and sexual development
- Language to speak with your children’s caregivers about body safety
- Body Safety Rules every child should know to decrease vulnerability
- Why forcing your child to hug a grandparent or loved one could make them more vulnerable to sexual assault in the future
- How to build a Prevention Team™ of caregivers
“”These are five-star, must-attend workshops.
– Marilyn Van Derbur, former Miss America 1957, incest survivor, and motivational speaker.
The Parenting Safe Children Parent workshop uses a three-part prevention model developed over three decades in the field.
- Parent Education
You will learn what makes children vulnerable to sexual assault.
- Caregiver Screening
You will learn tools and techniques for inviting caregivers onto your Prevention Team™.
- Child Empowerment
You will learn ten body-safety rules to teach your children.
The Parenting Safe Children Parent workshop is a lively four-hour workshop and costs $53.75 per person, materials included (rates may vary outside of Colorado). For more details please visit our workshop page or consult our FAQs. We hope you’ll join us for a live workshop — or an online workshop if you live outside of the Denver Metro area. You can also Be a Hero and Host!
If you aren’t able to attend a workshop, prefer a more private setting, or are a professional who works with children and are wondering if you have sound child sexual assault prevention policies in place, you can also book a private consultation.
Need more information? There are tons of resources and literature out there on child sexual assault prevention and healing. Whether your goal is prevention, healing, or empowerment, we’ve collected the best books, websites, and other resources for both families and professionals.
Over 50,000 parents, educators, and caregivers around the country have become empowered, through Parenting Safe Children, to protect the children in their lives from child sexual assault.
We could just tell you about how valuable the information we provide is, and how much our clients love us (and, in fact, we do tell you).
Or, we could let the caretakers we’ve empowered tell you instead — in their own words.
Frequently Asked Questions
Meet the woman who started it all!
Parenting Safe Children’s founder, Feather Berkower, LCSW, has dedicated her career to helping parents and educators nationwide to protect their children from child sexual assault.
Now, through Parenting Safe Children, her life’s work continues to empower people to protect the children in their lives.