REDMOND, OR -- The "Safe Touch" program taught in Redmond schools helped uncover alleged sex abuse involving a young girl, last week. The 8-year old girl came forward after learning about appropriate and inappropriate touching at school. Angie Chown is a school counselor at Sage Elementary in Redmond. She's pleaesd the program is resonating with students, "My first reaction was, 'that's great that what we're teaching, the kids are listening to and it had an effect on her and helped her.'"
Chown says the students are taught about the deceptive ways people may try to lure them and how they can stay safe. "I feel like this program is important due to the data and research that one in 10 children end up being victims of sex about by the age of 18." She added, "I think we're teaching kids about these offenders."
The Safe Touch curriculum includes "my body belongs to me," "my feelings," "my body is private" and "your body belongs to you."
The program was created by Bend's KIDS Center.
41-year old Randy Allen Moore was arrested last week after the young girl told her parents she had been touched. Redmond investigators say she had gone through the "Safe Touch" program at school a few days before. Moore faces 7 counts of Sex Abuse I.