February 17, 2006

Protecting Kids From Protection Programs?

National Catholic Register

Feb. 12-18, 2006

BOSTON — The Church teaches that childhood should be a time when sexuality is not discussed. But “Talking About Touching” teaches just the opposite, say critics.

A number of parents have asked for changes to this and other parish-based “safe-environment” programs used by thousands of parishes to fulfill U.S. bishops’ abuse prevention mandates.

Talking About Touching, intended for children in kindergarten through third grade, was first developed in 1981 by the non-Catholic, Seattle-based Committee for Children. It is currently used in 4,000 public schools in North America and the United Kingdom.

Posted by kshaw at February 17, 2006 01:03 PM