Resisting Aggression Defensively
to Our Children
We at radKIDS Headquarters hope that you and your family are starting off this new year with a renewed sense of hope for what will be in 2013. Through all the debate, discussion and dialogue we've heard so far, one single sentence stands out among all others in one of the most important promises made to our nation's children for the next four years;
In this speech of less than 20 minutes President Obama articulates what radKIDS, individually and organizationally, commit to every single day. By working with communities and families we are committed to building a safer world for our children and our future.
Resisting Aggression Defensively
In a study commissioned by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, it was determined that 83% of attempted abductions were foiled when victims yelled, ran, kicked or fought to get away. As we say..."When they used their radKIDS."
The blue color imposed over the National Center's graphic suggests that the information and training available through radKIDS can provide the necessary skills and tools to give children the best possible chance for a positive outcome when challenged with a potential abduction.President Obama proclaimed January 2013 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Human trafficking, also described as modern-day slavery or involuntary servitude, affects an estimated 700,000 to 2 million people around the globe every year. Trafficking of children is a form of human trafficking and is defined as the "recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, and/or receipt" of a child for the purpose of exploitation. Though statistics regarding the magnitude of child trafficking are difficult to obtain, the International Labour Organization estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year.
Traffickers often transport individuals from their home countries to unfamiliar destinations, leaving them defenseless and vulnerable (Abduction!). In the case of Trafficking victims are often forced, through physical violence and psychological threats, to engage in sex acts or to perform work under slavery-like conditions.
The diagram below illustrates that when a child is approached and does not possess these critically important skills to escape (blue), their only choice - hope for escape - is to wait for help to arrive (orange). Additionally, by having the tools and skills the scenario is stopped at the very first sign of trouble (83% of the time) and minutes are critically important for success!
February 1, 2013 is National Freedom Day
We are pleased to join President Obama in calling on businesses, organizations, faith-based groups, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this prevention effort with appropriate programs and activities.
"There is a big difference between TEACHING our children realistic, instinct-based safety skills and education and them handing them a laundry list of safety rules that TELL them what to do and not to do." says Stephen Daley, Executive Director of radKIDS. Through radKIDS training, children become empowered and learn to replace the fear confusion and panic of dangerous situations with confidence, personal safety skills, and self-esteem.
There is only one national comprehensive life skills and safety education program in the country that teaches these skills to children. radKIDS is proud to be the leading educator in children's safety and violence prevention.