Oklahoma City, Okla.—The CARE Center, Oklahoma County’s child advocacy center, launched a new child abuse education program to teach children how to ROAR—a way to speak up against stop child abuse—featuring a lion theme that was developed from their logo and lionhearted mission.
Along with a new curriculum available for teachers and parents, The CARE Center is excited to announce the release of their book—written specifically to help talk to young children about body safety—titled Rex Finds His ROAR!
The story is about Rex, a young lion on a journey to find his roar, which someone has taken from him. Rex is scared, but he is on a mission to get it back. Throughout the story, kids will join Rex on his path of discovery, with the help of some animal friends that help him find all the letters of ROAR. Rex will look in places like his bedroom, at a swimming pool and on the playground at school—some of the types of familiar places where abuse can occur. In the end, Rex will learn how to talk to trusted grown-ups if he needs help.
“It’s time we let Oklahoma County hear our roar!” said Stacy McNeiland, CEO of The CARE Center. “Talking about abuse is a conversation no parent wants to have, but thankfully it doesn’t have to be scary. Simple conversations really can help keep your child safe, and that’s what this book will help you do.”
Before the story begins, a letter to parents and caregivers suggests how to approach the content. At the end of the book, the primary principles of the education program are included, spelling out ROAR: Remember, privates are private; Okay to say no; Always talk about secrets; and Raise your voice and tell someone.
“It’s time we equip parents to handle the tough stuff,” said McNeiland. “This book is necessary because we have a large, unspoken problem.”
In Oklahoma County, one in three girls and one in five boys will experience abuse before their eighteenth birthday. And sadly, most of this abuse with come at the hands of someone they know. In fact, more than 90 percent of the time the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts. Rex will teach children to identify problems and find someone trustworthy to talk to about them.
Rex Finds His ROAR! is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Local bookstores are also planning public readings soon! McNeiland will read at Higher Grounds on Thursday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m., and at Commonplace Books on Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. More times and locations will be coming soon. Check out The CARE Center’s Facebook page for details and announcements.