Sviva Betucha

סביבה בטוחה - לוגו שקוף

General Background

In Israel, one in six children, boys and girls, are sexually assaulted by the time they turn 12. The vast majority of these children do not report the abuse immediately, if ever. The danger primarily lurks in a child’s normal environment: about 85% of sexual assaults are committed by a person familiar to the child, such as a family member, teacher, babysitter, summer camp counselor, neighbor or another child from the same school or activities. To prevent such abuse, it is important to both stop such assaults and to treat children who are already traumatized. Prevention of child sexual assault requires, first and foremost, teaching basic precautionary measures to children, developing and normalizing safe discourse with them, helping to build each child’s confidence in his or her body, and teaching children that their bodies are their own and only they can decide what happens to their bodies.

Target Population

Children in grades 1-6

Vision and goals

Safe environments where the educational and social climates protect children from sexual abuse

Sviva Betucha aims to help schools independently operate protective programs that create safe environments for all children, and in particular for children who are at risk of abuse or have been exposed to abuse. We do so by providing guidance and content for a variety of activities that change the school’s culture on multiple fronts:

  • Teacher training and ongoing individual and group guidance for teachers as they build dialogue with the students
  • Appointment and training of a Safe Environment Coordinator
  • Development of lesson plans as well as tools for the teachers and students themselves to share knowledge and create a safe environment
  • Establishment of a School Protection Forum that includes the principal, a guidance counselor and a homeroom teacher, to implement the program
  • Implementation of new regulations for the staff and students
    A workshop for parents

 

Sviva Betucha is active in 68 elementary schools, totaling 560 classes. So far, 16,740 children have gone through the program and learned practical tools for creating a safe environment. Next year, we expect to serve around 150 schools, 3,000 teachers and 40,000 children.

Do You Want to Join Us?

To bring Sviva Betucha to your school, contact us at [email protected]

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