Holly’s House “Think First & Stay Safe!” Child Abuse Prevention Program Celebrates a 50,000 Milestone


Holly’s House, a non-residential victim advocacy center serving victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault in southwest Indiana, will reach a major milestone this month with its “Think First & Stay Safe” child abuse prevention program. Holly’sHouse Board of Directors, local media, school partners and elected officials are invited to attend the celebration on August 23rd at 8:00 A.M. at Holly’s House. During the event, Holly’sHouse staff will be available for comments and to provide tours of the facility.

Holly’s House, began teaching “Think First & Stay Safe!”, an evidence-based child abuse prevention program, in 2010. To date, “Think First & Stay Safe!” has reached more than 50,000 elementary students in five Southwest Indiana counties. “Think First & Stay Safe!” wasdeveloped by Child Lures Prevention founder and president emeritus, Kenneth Wooden. The goal of the program is to prevent all forms of child victimization by teaching families, professionals and other community members how to recognize, interrupt and report inappropriate behaviors and situations. This program, as with all other services Holly’s House provides, is offered free of charge.

Crystal Sisson, Prevention Director, said “The skills taught through “Think First & Stay Safe!”help children to recognize unsafe behaviors and situations at various times throughout their lives.

“The children and families of SW Indiana are extremely fortunate to have Holly’s House’s uniquely qualified prevention educators teach Child Lures Prevention’s Think First & StaySafeTM personal safety program. What is most impressive about the 50,000 students Holly’s House’s prevention educators have taught: they followed best practice by presenting Think First& Stay SafeTM lessons for 5 consecutive days/45 minutes a day in 2,300 classrooms, and has provided materials for parents and guardians. This is prevention education at its best.”
~Jennifer Wooden Mitchell and Rosemary Wooden Webb, National Child Safety Experts & Co- Presidents of Child Lures Prevention/Teen Lures Prevention.

Holly’s House is a non-residential victims’ advocacy center providing services for victims ofchild abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault in southwest Indiana. The mission of the organization is to empower victims of intimate crime and abuse by providing support, promoting justice and preventing violence.

Our vision is to be a leader in preventing intimate crime and supporting victims and their families, while bringing aware