The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

The Child Advocacy Center


The Body Safety Program is created for early childhood through fourth-grade students. This program educates children on body ownership, boundaries, and what they can do if someone breaks their Body Safety Rule. Children are encouraged 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 private body parts are hurt or if they 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

In 2022, we provided sexual abuse prevention education to 50,870 children
In 2022, 1,110 children received forensic interviews about alleged abuse.
In 2022, 792 of our forensic interviews involved sexual abuse.
60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell.
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.
Sex offenders are 3.5x more likely to confess if a child has had a forensic interview at a child advocacy center