Sgt. Terry Hall
asks Southwood Elementary children how many of them would come to school the next day and would tell everyone that their bike was stolen, the majority of which raised their hands. However, in a following question of how many would tell if they were touched inappropriately, very few raised their hands. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Sgt. Terry Hall returned to Wabash County last week to speak with the local students about body safety and, specifically, the “pretty big word,” child molestation.
Hall, a retired veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, developed the body safety program and has traveled across the country sharing it with every school that he can.
“What encouraged me (to speak about body safety) was I was the third in-line for molestation and there were several after me,” Hall told The Paper of Wabash County. “What broke my heart was some of my relatives and siblings have done drugs and gotten in trouble and have pulled robberies because they’re very angry inward people.
“This is something that child molesting causes. It causes very low self-esteem, your anger issues are amazing. I’ve talked to some kids that have done very negative things. They’re very angry about what’s happened to them. No one’s addressing the issue.”