The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

The Child Advocacy Center


The Body Safety Program is created for early childhood through fourth-grade students. The program is age appropriate to educate children on body ownership, boundaries, and what they can do if someone breaks their body safety rule. The Body Safety Program encourages children to talk to a safe adult when they need help.

Students will:

  • Learn The Body Safety Rule.
  • Identify The Body Safety Steps.

The research-based program is developed from Sandy Wurtele’s Body Safety Training, with best practices recognized by experts in the field of child sexual abuse.

In the Classroom

The Body Safety Rule is introduced like any other safety rule. This rule gives a child ownership of their body. The only exceptions are if my private body parts are hurt or I need help.

The Body Safety Steps are taught to help a child protect themselves in unsafe situations or events.

  • Practice saying “NO!” in a strong voice
  • Talk about places we feel safe
  • Name your safe adults

Books for Children:

Some Parts are Not for Sharing

Julie K. Federico (For ages 6 months+)

My Body Belongs to Me

Jill Starishevsky (For ages 3-8)

Books for Adults:

Off Limits: A Parent’s Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse
By Sandy K. Wurtele

Body Safety Education: A parents’ guide to protecting kids from sexual abuse
By Ms Jayneen Sanders

The Sex-wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids About Sex, Abuse, and Bullying
By Janet Rosenzweig

Websites to visit:

Darkness to Light

The Mama Bear Effect

The Facts

43,832Children received Prevention Education in 2021
The largest age group we saw for forensic interviews in 2021 was 7-12 years old.
In 2021, 889 of our cases involved sexual abuse.
In 2021 1,224 Children received forensic interviewed about alleged abuse​
In 2021 2,636 Adults received Prevention Education
90% of child sexual abuse is by someone the child likes, loves, or lives with.
1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18.
Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year.
Children 3 years old and younger have the highest maltreatment rate.
Only 5% to 16% of child sexual abuse victims report and false allegations are rare
Sex offenders are 3.5x more likely to confess if a child has had a forensic interview at a child advocacy center