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September 2019
Transforming Our Communities with Education and Prevention

Dear friends,
We hosted our first community awareness workshop conducted by Comfort House Child Advocacy Center, Indiana State Police and the Harrison County Sheriff's Department. It was a great success, including many participants from community help organizations such as CASA, educators, volunteers and law enforcement.
All the participants left the workshop feeling more empowered with a better understanding on how to recognize situations and how to better protect our children.

It is our hope to continue offering trainings to our communities in an effort to continually educate on how to recognize and report child abuse, and more specifically child sexual abuse.

Indiana State Police Detective Chris Tucker was one of the presenters at the workshop and said, "This is a real problem that we are facing." He went on to say that we need to educate ourselves because "without adults to intervene, our kids don't have a chance."

Workshop presenters included from left Donna Lloyd, executive director Comfort House Child Advocacy Center, Chris Tucker, Indiana State Police and Carrie Bowers, Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

Pure was applauded by Donna Lloyd, executive director of the Comfort House, for the work we are doing in the schools with prevention. She also stated that the best defense to keep our children safe is an offense. We must be doing prevention and awareness to keep our children safe. She stated that 95% of offenders are known to their victims and victim's family. It's "not" STRANGER DANGER that has been taught for so many years. She suggested that parents be talking with their children about healthy sexuality by age eight, if not sooner.

Other ways parents can protect their children:
  • Teach children the correct names for all body parts.
  • Tell children that sexual or inappropriate touching is NEVER the child's fault.
  • Listen to and believe children if they are trying to tell. Children RARELY lie about sexual abuse.
  • If something is not right about a child's relationship with an adult or other child, act on it.

The workshop was filled with staggering statistics such as 1 in 4 females will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday and real life stories about how child sexual abuse occurs.

I encourage everyone to educate yourselves, begin talking with your children and seek resources to use. It is our hope to continue offering resources and workshops to the community as a free service to help transform our communities into safer ones for our children.

Be blessed,

Shari McCutcheon
Director, Pure Education

Pure In the Community

Pure Goes into Juvenile Detention Center

Pure Director Shari McCutcheon and Curriculum Designer Kathy Shelburne took our Sexual Risk Avoidance Program into the Juvenile Detention Center. Both of blown away by the receptiveness of this program by all the students. "The engagement of these students has been beyond our belief. We are so happy to deliver this message of value and hope for their futures," said Shari.

Help Us Grow 

New Communities - Who do you Know?

We are wanting to hold more Connect2Pure gatherings in several counties as we begin to build some of our current, and new communities. Counties requesting first time programming, or additional programming include:

Scott County - Austin
Washington County - Salem Middle
Floyd County - New Albany High School
Clark County - Clarksville Elementary
Harrison County - South Harrison
Carroll County - Carroll Co. High School

Please be thinking of who you know in any of these areas who would love to learn more about Pure and how they can become involved. You can send their name and contact information to Sandy at and we will invite them to the gathering in their community.

Parent Resources

Are You on Autopilot? 
As busy parents, it’s easy to get into a groove with work, kids, school, and extra-curriculars. We coast on autopilot certain times of the day. It causes us to miss out, and not just on learning the directions to someone’s house. We miss out on conversations with our kids about life. We miss out on really seeing, hearing, and perceiving our kids. But we can practice more intentional living—especially during these three parts of the day.
Click here for full article.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse exploits and degrades children and can cause serious damage to cognitive, social, and emotional development of a child. As a society, we have a collective responsibility to prevent child sexual abuse.

Click here for full article.



Thank you to the new enrollees for Community Rewards! If you have not yet signed up, please take a few moments to enroll in Kroger Community Rewards and all your grocery shopping will benefit Pure and impact students in your community. Every little bit helps.

Log onto:, and sign up choosing Pure Education Initiative. If you need help signing up, call Sandy Sorrells at 502-693-3480 and she will step you through the process. The more participants we have, the greater rewards for Pure.

In This Issue

  • Transforming Our Communities
  • Pure in the Community
  • Who do you know?
  • Parent Resources
  • Connect2Pure@lunch
  • Pure In Schools
  • Opportunities to Partner
  • By the Numbers
  • Online Giving

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Wednesday, September 25

Wednesday, October 23

All luncheons are held in the Pure Community Room, 1858 E. 8th Street, Jeffersonville, IN
12:30 p.m to 1:30  p.m.
RSVP to Sandy 502-693-3480 or

Our lunches are growing and we are finding this to be the absolute best way to share who we are and what we are doing in the schools. Is there any reason why you couldn't share our upcoming dates with friends to come learn more about Pure and our mission.

Pure In Schools
2019-20 School Year
SOLUTIONS 3rd - 5th Grades
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Wilson Elementary

SOLUTIONS 3rd - 5th Grades
Riverside Elementary
Parkwood Elementary
Jonathan Jennings Elementary
Northhaven Elementary
Bridgepoint Elementary
Maple Elementary
Springhill Elementary

Lanesville Elementary - 5th grade

Charlestown Middle School - 7th Grade
Juvenile Detention Center

SOLUTIONS 3rd - 5th Grades
Utica Elementary

Highland Hills MS - 7th grade
Southwestern MS - 6th grade
Student Comments
Solutions Abuse Prevention Program
3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students

"This program meant to me to never do unsafe stuff to people."

"She is doing the right thing to teach us how to be safe around everyone and everybody."

"I learned how to be safer everywhere."

"The program taught me to say NO to inappropriate touches."

"It meant to me don't feel scared to tell someone when your touched in an unsafe manner."

"I know more about boundaries."

"To help me not be touched inappropriately."

"It helps me with my confidence and safety."

Solutions In Action

Solutions 4th Grade theme is Superheros and the children are learning they are their own Superhero with powers of Courage, Trustworthiness and Good Judgement. The students have the opportunity to create their own magazine cover displaying their Superhero Values and present them.

2018-19 At a Glance

Our Annual Impact Report should be arriving in your mailbox. If you did not receive your copy, please reply to this Enews, along with your address, and we will send you one.


Partnering Opportunities

Be a part of something GREAT by becoming a Monthly Partner:

Online gifts may be made at:

Checks may be mailed to Pure, P.O. Box 2083, Clarksville, IN 47129-2083

By the numbers:

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Goals

Raising $183,000
Reaching 14,000+ students
Adding 120 New Monthly Partners

To date:

7/1/19 - 9/18/19

Funds Raised:  $31,550

Contact Sandy at or 502-693-3480
to set up your partnership today.

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