Series
Child Sexual Abuse: What Your Children Should Know
Episode Number
No. 101
Episode
Parent's Show
Segment
Part 2
Producing Organization
WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-s46h12wg51
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Description
Episode Description
The panel talked to the audience about proposed programming, benefits, associated risks, and made counterarguments of audiences' questions. On PBS there were also live programming with students, stories from victims and interviews, live theatre about sex education, and a conversation with a head doctor. Subjects included sex education, sex abuse, sex abuse to children, effects and why things aren't reported, what doctors are doing about it, and what can be advised for picking babysitters.
Series Description
"A PBS screener began viewing CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: WHAT YOUR CHILDREN SHOULD KNOW at her office, then decided to [finish] viewing the series at home, where her daughter joined her. When the show ended, the daughter told her mother that she had been previously molested. The screener then realized that this series about child sexual abuse is different from the others: by bringing abuse into the open, and letting children talk about it, this series solves the problem. "The purpose of CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE is education. First, the series convinces parents of the enormity of the problem; then it teaches children how to protect themselves; and finally, it gives both parents and children the tools with which they can prevent sexual abuse from occurring, or stop it if it is happening. "By taking the risk of talking to children about sexual abuse in an [open] yet sensitive way, the counselors in CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE are able to elicit the children's responses gently, without upsetting them. In this way youngsters are taught to protect themselves by trusting their 'uh-oh feelings,' and to believe that 'when you think something's wrong, then you're right.' "The results of the broadcasting of this series have been as startling as the scope of the problem itself. After watching the series, children across the nation have spoken up about being molested. In some cases, their admissions have led to arrests, as in St. Louis and Memphis (see attached newspaper clippings). "After two broadcasts, WTTW received more than 2,000 telephone calls and letters, praising the series and requesting more information. Nationwide, more than 30,000 letters have been received. A plea for education and information on this subject runs through these letters. Here it's expressed by a former victim: 'I shudder to think another child will go through what I did. Confusion is the greatest pain. Children need to know.'"--1984 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1984
Asset type
Episode
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:28:24.148
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Credits
Producing Organization: WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
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Citations
Chicago: “Child Sexual Abuse: What Your Children Should Know; No. 101; Parent's Show; Part 2,” 1984, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-s46h12wg51.
MLA: “Child Sexual Abuse: What Your Children Should Know; No. 101; Parent's Show; Part 2.” 1984. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-s46h12wg51>.
APA: Child Sexual Abuse: What Your Children Should Know; No. 101; Parent's Show; Part 2. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-s46h12wg51