If I feel uncomfortable next to a person or if I think that the person can harm me, I can stay away from that person. I can at least stay a couple of steps behind.
I have the right to say No if I don’t want to kiss or hug someone.
I can exchange greetings from a distance; I can shake someone’s hand or blow them a kiss from afar.
No one has the right to touch me without my consent.
Form a Safety Network (A List of People I Trust)
I form a safety network. The people in that network are those who I can talk to about everything. I know that when I tell them something, they will believe me. This is how my safety network is:
- My mom
- My teacher
- My aunt Fatma
- Doctor Ahmet
If they don’t understand, I explain the situation again over and over again until I convince them.
If I ever feel worried, scared or unsure, I can tell the people in my safety network how I feel and why I feel that way. I know that they will make an effort to protect me.
I know the meaning of certain reactions in my body
I notice that I start to sweat a lot when I feel scared or unsafe. At the same time, I sometimes become nauseous and feel like vomiting. At these moments, my entire body could start shaking. My heart could start beating really fast.
When I have these reactions, it means I don’t feel safe. If this is how I feel about something, I must speak about it to a grownup I trust.
Remember your Safety Network!
My private parts are the parts of my body covered by my undergarments.
- No one can touch my private parts.
- No one can ask me to touch his or her private parts.
- No one should show pictures of their own private parts!
- If anything like this happens, I must tell a grownup in my Safety Network!
“Doctors can touch me for treatment purposes when my parents are by my side”
- No can tell me, “This is a secret, don’t tell anyone” and no one can ask me to hide information from my mom, dad, or other grownups that I trust in a way that makes me uneasy!
- I should never keep secrets that makes me feel bad or uncomfortable!
If someone asks me to keep a secret that makes me feel bad or unsafe, I must tell a grownup in my Safety Network straightaway.
- If the person touching you makes you feel uncomfortable,
- If this touch makes you scared or angry,
- If someone is forcing you to touch their body!
- If the person touching you asks you not to tell this to anyone, that it’s a secret!
- If the person touching you threatens to harm you or your loved ones in case you tell this to someone!