The Plainfield Community School Corporation invited parents, teachers, and members of the community to learn about the Body Safety program that elementary students were taught this week.
Terry Hall, a 42-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, spoke to the adults first and then spoke to children about touching “for no good reason.”
Brentwood Elementary School Principal Pat Cooney introduced Hall by saying, “I was able to hear Mr. Hall when I first came to Plainfield,” Cooney said. “I can tell you it is the most important thing I’ve heard as a parent and I’m glad you are here tonight.”
Hall has spoken to more than 600,000 people over the years and said he finds victims of sexual abuse at each school he visits. A few hundred people attended the program here.
“I can tell you, this is the biggest turnout I’ve had for one of these programs in two years,” he said.
To create the Body Safety program, Hall explained that he had interviewed many pedophiles about their experiences.
“One thing I talked to pedophiles about was how they get the kids to not tell about an experience,” Hall said.
Time and time again, he said perpetrators say children don’t tell because they’ve been taught not to.
“Kids are not allowed to talk about their private parts,” Hall said. “If you learn one thing tonight, please go home and talk to your kids about the correct names for their private parts.”
He said taught his daughter the correct terms when she was 8.
“My wife thought we were going to go to prison for using such words,” he said. “And my daughter, armed with the new words she learned, went to the grocery store with my wife. And she said, ‘Mom, I’m growing. I’m almost up to your vagina.’”