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Elementary Health Materials: Sexual Abuse Prevention and Sensitive Topics

In our school district, we teach students important skills for being safe and healthy. To learn these skills, we make sure students receive age-appropriate, comprehensive and inclusive instruction on human sexuality, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections and disease prevention.  In health class, teachers will use resources from The Great Body Shop, which was on the most recent Oregon Adopted Instructional Materials State list

Through these resources and lessons, students will learn these types of skills:

  • Personal Safety and Decision Making: Students will learn about responsible behaviors and hygienic practices.  They will also learn about staying safe in many contexts by identifying unsafe situations, including bullying and sexual abuse, and how to seek support (My Body is Special Unit).
  • Healthy Relationship: Students will learn about the characteristics of a healthy relationship, including the emotional, physical and psychological aspects of a healthy relationship. 
  • Boundaries and Assertiveness: Students will learn about making responsible decisions and practice using refusal skills to resist peer pressure to maintain their own goals, values and health.  Students will also learn that they have the responsibility to respect each other’s decisions about not engaging in risky behaviors.

For more information on these resources by grade level, please see the grade level learning targets regarding sexual abuse prevention and sensitive topics below.

--- Kindergarten Learning Targets regarding sexual abuse prevention and sensitive topics ---

  • Define the term private parts and describe some of the rules of personal safety.  
  • Identify trusted adults who can help in situations involving personal safety.
  • Practice what to do when someone tries to touch you in a way you don’t think is right. 
  • Distinguish between “safe,” “confusing,” and “unsafe” touches

--- 1st Grade Learning Targets regarding sexual abuse prevention and sensitive topics ---

  • Define the word private and identify private parts of your body.  
  • Demonstrate respect for personal safety by selecting the personal safety skills for risky situations. 
  • Practice yelling and telling when someone does not respect your privacy.
  • Analyze the difference between safe, unsafe, and confusing touches.

--- 2nd Grade Learning Targets regarding sexual abuse prevention and sensitive topics ---

  • Define the term private parts and explain the rights you have to keep your body “private.”  
  • Demonstrate respect for your own body and your rights to privacy by using the Saying “NO!” Steps. 
  • Practice personal safety skills in situations that threaten personal safety. 
  • Distinguish between safe, unsafe, and confusing touches and secrets.

--- 3rd Grade Learning Targets regarding sexual abuse prevention and sensitive topics ---

  • Define child abuse and identify where to go to get help in protecting yourself.
  • Commit to doing everything you can to protect your personal safety. 
  • Practice effective ways to say “No!” to those things that threaten your safety.
  • Analyze a situation to determine the personal safety rule to use.  

--- 4th Grade Learning Targets regarding sexual abuse prevention and sensitive topics ---

  • Describe different kinds of abuse, including sexual harassment.
  • Explain the value of privacy.
  • Practice standing up for your right to privacy, including practicing refusal skills. 
  • Demonstrate how to be supportive, empathetic, compassionate, and respectful towards others who have experienced abuse. 

--- 5th Grade Learning Targets regarding sexual abuse prevention and sensitive topics ---

  • Explain how to recognize and avoid risky situations involving personal safety.
  • Increase awareness that sexual harassment is a crime. 
  • Practice assertiveness, refusal skills, and locating resources for help in the community. 
  • Distinguish between appropriate, inappropriate, and confusing touches and secrets.