How to share body safety with pre-school age children


Winona County Primary Prevention Project (WCPPP), a local organization, focused on sexual and domestic violence prevention, is distributing books focused on body safety. Given directly to parents, teachers and child-care providers, “The Swimsuit Lesson” by John Holsten introduces a simple, effective way to educate children.

The community project titled “Prevention Through Connection” is organized by the Winona County Primary Prevention Project (WCPPP) and made possible via funding from the R.E.A.C.H. Fund of the Winona Community Foundation.  

WCPPP, a local nonprofit organization, began in 2008 to develop strategies to prevent sexual and domestic violence through awareness, changing cultural norms and practices, and educating policy makers in Winona County. 

Volunteers of WCPPP have distributed  “The Swimsuit Lesson” mid-September through the end of October along with a packet listing local resources and support services.  Recipients will be invited to join a Zoom session that provides information on how to share this book with children. The goal is to ensure communities are safe for everyone.  

Local bookstore, Paperbacks and Pieces, can be contacted at 507-452-5580 for community members who want to purchase “The Swimsuit Lesson.” Copies will be donated by WCPPP to the local public libraries in Winona and St. Charles. 

WCPPP has recommended the 2018 printing of the book, as it has wide-community appeal and is written and illustrated for pre-school children’s comprehension. The book contains a comprehensive parent’s guide on pages 33 to 39 on the importance of prevention and promoting child body safety behaviors. For more information about WCPPP and this project, contact Helen Bagshaw, the organization’s president, at 507-313-4092.


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