While we cannot provide you with absolute numbers in prevention, we can see trends. We can see changes in attitudes, and in some cases we can see healing. We can tell you based on “facts on the ground” in our area, many of the students we are trying to reach are already engaging in sexual relationships, but don’t really know the truth about the risks.
Recently in one of our classes our students were finishing the curriculum. Our volunteer, Shari, made the point that she always makes in this particular part of the curriculum. “It is never the victim’s [of sexual assault or rape] fault.” Here is Shari’s account of what happened next. “She had been there for three sessions. She never said a word. I went over the last part of the curriculum. I told the students that sexual abuse is NEVER the victim’s fault. With a quivering voice this student said, “ I was always told that this was my fault.” Shari reiterated to the student that she was not alone in believing that but adults are supposed to protect children and affirmed her in the new belief that "It's not her fault."
What is so beautiful about this story is that day she was told the truth. That day began a journey of healing for this young girl. We don’t always get to see the impacts that our curriculum has for our students, but for this girl our curriculum was life-changing.
Ben Franklin coined the axiom “ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We have found that prevention is so vital to making positive changes in our communities. We need your help! This year has been a brutal year for fundraising and nonprofits, but the need for our programming has never been greater. Can you be a source of hope for our communities? Can you be a catalyst for healthier families and children right here, where you live? We ask that you prayerfully consider not IF you can help, but rather, how many “ounces” of prevention you can help provide. A monthly partnership of $15/month or more has the power to bring healing to a student in your county. This monthly partnership has the power to prevent an unplanned pregnancy in your neighborhood. Your monthly gift may be the reason that a student in your local school is saved from an unhealthy relationship. Your gift can be the courage it takes for a student to reach out and report abuse.