Canadian Red Cross

Be Safe - A personal safety program for children ages 5 -9 with a focus on child abuse prevention.

Respect Education - A variety of workshops that cover Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention.
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse

Who do I tell? - An educational program that offers the facts about child sexual abuse and empowers communities to speak openly about this issue.
Canadian Centre for Child Abuse Protection

Teatree Tells - A child abuse prevention kit designed fro children 4 - 6 years of age. Topics include identifying a safe adult, feelings, naming body parts, establishing personal boundaries, etc.

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Preschoolers are already copying the adults of the same sex as them. If the child relates to the person who uses abuse they may be aggressive to others including the abused parent. If they relate to the person who is abused they may be fearful and anxious.

They may also be unable to trust adults and not build attachment with parents. In some cases the opposite will happen and they may very be insecure and seek attention and comfort even from strangers.

Children of this age may also believe they are responsible for the abuse between the adults and that they are bad or stupid.

In cases where the abuse started when the child was a little older the child may begin bed-wetting or thumb sucking. The child may be afraid to sleep alone or lose some of their language development, resorting baby-talk.