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Elementary students in Carroll and four neighboring counties will learn about “body safety” through performances of “No More Secrets” by Blue Apple Players of Louisville this month.
The 10 performances are sponsored by Ohio Valley United Charities Inc. in recognition that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The two performances in Carroll County are planned for April 25.
“National Child Abuse Prevention month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children,” 15th Judicial Circuit Victims Advocate Leigh Ann Roberts said. “In order to prevent future abuse of our children, we all must be educated to know the warning signs of suspected child abuse or neglect. Children must also feel safe to report problems they are experiencing.”
The Blue Apple Players is a non-profit theatrical group that brings educational musical programs to youth throughout the state.
“No More Secrets” uses powerful songs to provide a unique program to prevent and intervene in child sexual abuse matters. The Exploited Children’s Help Organization assisted Blue Apple with ensuring that the most appropriate and most effective prevention and intervention messages were communicated through this educational drama.
The musical play gives sexually abused children the information and encouragement to report abuse to a trusted adult or friend.
Teacher’s guides will be furnished to provide information and ideas for teachers and counselors to follow up on the performance’s message, empowering them to discuss and to act on this difficult topic.
A parent’s guide will also be sent home with each student so parents can talk to their children about what they saw and how they felt about the program.
“The Ohio Valley United Charities is very pleased that we had the funds through donations from individuals, businesses and industries to make these performances possible,” Treasurer Ruth H. Baxter said. “In this era of tight budgets many local school districts have been forced to eliminate educational performances. Since this important topic deserves our respective community’s attention, we were glad to step up to provide the money to make these performances a reality in the five counties we serve.”
Two performances of “No More Secrets” also will be presented on April 21, in Trimble County; on April 22, in Owen County; on April 23, in Gallatin County; and on April 29, in Henry County.
Anyone wanting more information about this project can contact Leigh Ann Roberts at (502) 732-5841 or Ruth H. Baxter at (502) 732-6688.