Health and PE
Safe Children's Act
The ASD works to provide students with the information and skills needed to protect themselves and seek help from the significant physical, psychological and emotional harm that can occur from abusive situations.
While it is the responsibility of adults to protect youth from perpetrators of sexual violence, there are skills, knowledge and attitudes that can be developed in students, which will help, reduce the prevalence and tolerance of sexual violence in communities and lead to decrease perpetration, increased intervention and real social change and safety.
Many states, including Alaska, have passed laws with the intent of increasing the awareness of child sexual abuse and dating violence. You may have heard of this legislation under the more common name, Alaska Safe Children’s Act or Erin's and Bree’s Law.
AS 14.30.355 (Erin’s Law) in honor of Erin Merryn, who has crossed the country advocating for laws that will increase awareness of this crime against children, requires that the governing body of each school district to adopt and implement a policy, establish a training program for employees and students, and provide parental notices relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention for students enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve.
AS 14.30.356 (Bree’s Law) in honor of Breanna Moore, a 20-year old Anchorage women who tragically died as a result of dating violence and whose parents are strong advocates for healthy relationships and dating violence awareness and education, requires that the governing body of each school district shall adopt and implement a policy, establish a training program for employees and students, and provide parental notices relating to dating violence and abuse in grades seven through twelve. A training program adopted under this section must emphasize prevention and awareness.
Nationwide, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be the victim of child sexual abuse by the age of 18. In 2015, the Alaska Office of Children’s Services investigated 1,272 reports of sexual abuse of children perpetrated by members of the immediate or extended family. In 2015, 1 in 10 high school students had been physically abused by their dating partner and 1 in 10 had been sexually abused by their dating partner. (Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey).
All students in grades K-12 will be provided with age- appropriate quarterly lessons on sexual abuse awareness/prevention and dating violence awareness/prevention. Through this program aimed at educating and empowering students, we want to provide your student with the knowledge and skills to use if ever affected by sexual abuse or dating violence. The Anchorage School District believes that all of our students will benefit from participating in this program.
In addition to teaching children about personal safety in school, ASD encourages parents/guardians to remind their child that no one has permission to touch him/her in unsafe or uncomfortable ways. This includes touching in private areas as well as hitting and other types of hurtful behavior. ASD staff also encourages parents to talk with their children about trusted adults at home, school and in the community with whom he or she can discuss safety issues.
Whenever a child feels hurt, threatened or frightened at school, staff ask that he/she tell an adult immediately. If a student reports an unsafe situation from school to the parent at home, ASD asks that the parent notify the principal or child’s teacher immediately.
If you suspect a child was abused or neglected, immediately contact the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) hotline. You can call at any time, any day of the week.
Care enough to call: 1-800-478-4444
or Fax: 907-269-3939
If you are unable to reach OCS, you must contact the law enforcement agency responsible for your area.
In an emergency situation where the child is facing an immediate danger, you should call 911, and take whatever actions you can without putting yourself at risk of harm to make the child safe until authorities take over.
The Safer, Smarter Kids Parent Toolkit is an interactive web tool designed to educate and encourage conversations between parents and children about making safer and smarter choices to protect against abuse. The tool leads families through scenarios to practice safe choices, videos to learn valuable lessons, and child and parent tips.
Follow Buddy as you learn safety tips along with your family by clicking the link!
Call 211 – when you need help finding help for anything in Alaska.