radKIDS Provides Children with the Skills They Need to Escape Danger and Abduction
SOUTH DENNIS, MA -Four million child molesters reportedly reside in this country. A typical molester will abuse 30 to 60 children before they are arrested the first time. An estimated 797,500 missing children are reported to police annually. Many of these children never return home.
How can we protect our children when we are not able to be with them every minute of the day? radKIDS! The escalating crisis of violence against children and more importantly providing children tools and strategies to successfully escape the violence is the focus of the radKIDS program. radKIDS provides children with the skills they need to escape danger and abduction.
radKIDS is the national standard for children's safety education and violence prevention. radKIDS gives children ages 5-12 the knowledge and skills they need to "resist aggression defensively" (rad). radKIDS trains children to recognize, avoid, resist and escape potential danger, empowering them to stop these vicious crimes before they start . Children develop awareness of their surroundings and learn how to respond swiftly and appropriately if approached or attacked. They learn to replace the fear, confusion, and panic of dangerous situations with confidence, personal safety skills, and self-assurance.
"Every child without safety education is a possible target for violence and or harm. We have at least one registered sex offender for every square mile in our country in addition to the those unregistered who have not been caught or convicted." says Stephen M. Daley, children's safety expert and executive director of radKIDS "We have to give our children the necessary tools and information so that they have a better chance to escape when targeted by these predators. Our mission is to provide education that enhances the ability of children to use knowledge, skills, and power to protect themselves from violence and harm."
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports that abductions can and have been foiled by children. In fact, in a recent study of 403 attempted abductions of children, 60% of target victims fought back and escaped their attacker, 30% ran away before any physical contact was made, and 10% were saved when an adult nearby intervened.
"It is more important than ever for parents to empower their kids," says Ernie Allen, NCMEC president. He says (children) need to learn to recognize danger and, if attacked, draw attention by screaming, kicking and running away.
With 2,200 instructors, the radKIDS program has been taught to over 100,000 children throughout the North America. To date, 27 children have actually foiled abduction attempts by child predators, returning home safely to their families.
Recognized by children's advocate John Walsh as "A great program and valuable tool in the fight to protect our children", radKIDS and Steve Daley have been featured on Walsh's television program America's Most Wanted. A leading expert on children's safety, Mr. Daley has also appeared on national television shows including The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America and CNN.
A nonprofit educational organization, radKIDS, Inc. is dedicated to providing proven and effective life saving skills for children by teaching them how to "Resist Aggression Defensively." Curriculum topics range from Home and School Safety, to Out and About Safety, to Realistic Defense Against Abduction as well as Good, Bad and Uncomfortable Touch. For information on the program visit the radKIDS website at www.radKIDS.org