Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre Elementary Educator Diane Huston presented to Ecole Mother Teresa on Novemeber 22 and 23.

No Secrets provides safety information to children

An important presentation was made to students of Ecole Mother Teresa on November 22 and 23.

An important presentation was made to students of Ecole Mother Teresa on November 22 and 23.

No Secrets, a program developed by the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre and presented by Elementary Educator Diane Huston, provides elementary students with critical knowledge on how to understand and protect their own bodies.

“On day one we talk about safe touching and unsafe touching and then we talk about the private areas of our bodies,” Huston said. “I give the kids the correct words to use because they all have fluffy names for them because they don’t know the correct one. Then we talk about how they are never to keep it a secret if some one touches them inappropriately. I want them to take away that it is not their fault and they need to tell people and keep telling.”

On the second day, Huston provides students information on who they can safely talk to, answers their anonymous questions and provides them with the no-go-tell rule, which means they have the right to say no, that they should go and get away and then tell a trusted adult about what happened.

The program is about sexual abuse; however, Huston does not use that specific phrase in the classrooms so as to not scare the students. The class is taken with full parental consent that Huston provides through an introductory handout and a permission form. The presentation is about safety education and not sexual education.

This class is important because 48 per cent of therapist patients are children under the age of 18 years old.

“Kids will often think it’s a boogeyman or someone creepy but I let them know that 90 percent of the time it is someone you know,” Huston said. “I reassure them that most people are decent and kind, however if someone does trick you with tickling or playing doctor and it leads to that you have the right to use your words and no one has the right to touch you like that.”

Huston has been in her position since 2013 and has seen marked growth in the program schools recognize the value of students having knowledge on how to protect themselves. The program has grown organically according to Huston.

“Mostly from word of mouth once a school realizes it’s age appropriate they have me back every year,” Huston said. “I presented to 1,500 students in October throughout Central Alberta.”

If you have any questions about the program, would like to have it in your school or require Sexual Assault Centre Services you can contact the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre at 403 340 1124.

reporter@sylvanlakenews.com

 

Just Posted

Plans for public boat launch to Sylvan Lake an eventual project

Lacombe County says they plan to work with surrounding municipalities on the project, eventually

Glass items no longer accepted in Sylvan Lake recycling program

The announcment was made Friday morning, caused by no market left for recycled glass

Sylvan Lake placed under severe thunderstorm warning

Environment Canada sent out the warning the afternoon of June 13

Walk for Common Ground sheds light on indigenous issues

Edmonton to Calgary walk includes 30 core walkers engaging communities along the way

PHOTO: Best of Sylvan gift card winner announced

The Sylvan Lake News ran a contest to find the Best of Sylvan one person drawn to win a gift card

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Alberta Mountie found not guilty of dangerous driving causing pedestrian’s death

RCMP Const. Michelle Phillips also found not guilty of dangerous driving causing bodily harm

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in B.C.’s Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

Toronto Raptors and their diverse team celebrated worldwide

Team is made up of players from the U.S., Canada, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and Spain

Further murder charge laid after alleged targeted hits in two Alberta cities

Jimmy Truong, who is 27, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Louie Angelo Mojica

Pot edibles, topicals and extracts to hit shelves no earlier than mid-December: Ottawa

Health Canada wrapped its public consultation on the draft rules for cannabis products in February

We the North: Delirious fans celebrate as Raptors win NBA title

Supporters from all over Canada cheer Toronto’s triumph

Excited, anxious fans prepare for Raptors to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals

The Raptors currently lead the Warriors 3-2 in the best-of-seven series

Most Read