Beyond Abuse implements body safety and awareness program for special needs groups
Beyond Abuse recently rolled out a My Body is Mine program in conjunction with Burton Center for Disabilities and Special Needs campus in Greenwood.
Beyond Abuse is a nonprofit providing awareness and advocacy services related to prevention of sexual violence and child abuse, serving Abbeville, Greenwood and Laurens counties.
My Body is Mine is about body safety and awareness, addressing differences between safe and unsafe touches and confiding in trusted adults.
Becca Bell, a Beyond Abuse education specialist, met with several groups of individuals in Burton Center’s day program.
“What do you think a pat on the back is?” Bell asked. “Is that safe or unsafe? What about shaking someone’s hand? What about slapping someone? What about a hug?”
Bell had day program participants give her thumbs up signs for safe touches, thumbs down for unsafe touches and horizontal thumbs for those they were unsure about.
“I like to ask someone if I may hug them,” Bell said. “If they don’t want a hug, I don’t want to hug them.”