2010-10-20 / Newsweekly

County schools share Bubbylonian experience; Learn valuable lessons

By Dave Fredrick Editor

“Bub,” (center) a visitor from the planet Bubbylonia, who wants to live on Earth, but doesn't understand touching, learned about the difference between good, bad, confusing and forced sexual touch, from new friends, Archie and Betty. (Photo by John Bonke)      “Bub,” (center) a visitor from the planet Bubbylonia, who wants to live on Earth, but doesn't understand touching, learned about the difference between good, bad, confusing and forced sexual touch, from new friends, Archie and Betty. (Photo by John Bonke) Second grade Huron County students, with a few others sprinkled in, took part in the Bubbylonian Encounter this week. The program, sponsored by the Huron County Child Abuse/Neglect Council, is geared to teach the students the process about sense of touch and is presented by professional actors. It is one of several programs the Huron County CA/N Council presents to children throughout the year.

According to promotional material provided by the Huron County CA/N Council, the presentation is a fun-filled and entertaining play; however "Bub's" message is clearly designed to educate children about the difference between good, bad, confusing and forced sexual touch. The plot centers around Bub (a visitor from the planet Bubbylonia) who wants to live on Earth, but doesn't understand touching. His new friends, Archie and Betty, teach him the difference between touches and exactly what to do about inappropriate touching.

Literature provided by the organization states that "Good" touches from people we love and respect are necessary for positive growth and development. Good touches make life fun." It goes on to say, "Children learn most effectively from watching and modeling the adults around them. We are their best teachers. Model effective, non-violent conflict resolution for your children. Personal touch is an important and integral part of all human relationships. Recognizing confusing touch and clarifying whether it's okay or not is helpful to children."

According to the brochure, one in four girls and one in seven boys will experience some type of sexual abuse before the age of 18 and 80 percent of the time will be perpetrated by someone they know and trust. National estimates of the number of children sexually molested ranges from 250,000 to one million. Children in Kindergarten through sixth grade are the most vulnerable, constituting 60 percent of all sexual assault victims. The goal of the Bubbylonian Encounter, which if funded by the Huron County CA/N Council, is to help prevent child sexual abuse.

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