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February 21, 2013

Body Safety discussed in Plainfield schools

Body Safety discussed in Plainfield schools

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PLAINFIELD —

He said his wife left a basket full of groceries at the store and drove home. She then confronted him, telling him how embarrassed she had been.

“I told her ‘just think if she can’t say she is almost as tall as your vagina how scared she would be if someone had touched her there,’” Hall said.

He said giving a child a “pet” name for their private parts sends a confusing message.

“I had one parent come up and tell me that they call their son’s penis ‘his worm,’” he said. “They didn’t see that it was sending a confusing message. I said, ‘well, I would hate to take your son fishing.’ Specific body parts have specific names. Be direct.”

He said he also teaches children “that it is their body to protect.”

“I tell them they don’t have to be scared and that they don’t have to watch out after everybody — just their body,” Hall said. “And that it’s not always a stranger who may want to touch their private parts.”

One thing he also stressed for parents in the group was not to force their children into giving affection when they don’t want to.

“I had an Aunt Lois and when she gave me a gift my mom would always make me give her a kiss,” he said. “Why?”

He retold a story about a third-grade student who was molested on a field trip.

“He told him to come over where they could not be seen and said, ‘rub me here and give me a kiss,’” Hall said. “And the kid did it because that’s the way you show respect for adults. Tell your children they have to say ‘thank you’ for a gift. They should not have to show affection unless they want to.”

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