Body Safety Training
Between 20 to 25 percent of victims of child sexual abuse are under 5 years old. Body Safety Training (BST) specifically targets children in this age group (between ages 3-7). BST empowers children with knowledge and strategies so they can play a role in helping to keep their bodies safe. BST is an evidence-based program designed to teach personal safety to young children. BST is provided in ten short lessons, and covers general safety principles (fire, gun, car and street safety). BST also teaches children how to recognize, respond to, and report inappropriate sexual behavior directed towards them.
BST’s main components include:
- teaching children that they are the boss of their own bodies
- identifying “private parts” and using the proper terminology for these parts
- how to recognize and respond to inappropriate behavior