Program Teaches Kids Personal Empowerment

Posted: December 22, 2012 at 4:41 a.m.

Jessi Baldwin, 9, right, strikes Doug Gay, Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy, as Cpl. Scott Santos gives instruction Thursday during a breakaway self-defense scenario for the children participating in the radKIDS program at Cooper Elementary School in Bella Vista.

The young girl listened as deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office told students they were special, that no one had the right to hurt them, that they should tell a “trusted adult” about problems.

At A Glance

RadKids Statistics

• More than 250,000 children have been trained in the radKids program nationwide.

• About 1,000 local children have completed the program.

• About 74 children radKids have used their skills to avoid being abducted or be returned safely to their homes.

• Thousands of sexually assaulted and abused children have spoken up to get the help the need to stop abuse.


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