Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Child Abuse: Bless Our Children (ADULT)
This is the story of one congregation's efforts to include sexual abuse prevention in the training of parents and religious educators. It is designed to help churches, synagogues, and religious schools implement an abuse prevention curriculum. It offers practical methods to educate parents and teachers, addresses cultural diversity issues, and highlights the importance of abuse prevention within the context of religious education. Actual classroom examples are included. This videotape is an ideal companion to HEAR THEIR CRIES, a videotape which educates people about all forms of child abuse through interviews with adults who experienced it. It is recommended that HEAR THEIR CRIES be shown first.

Child Abuse: Hear Their Cries (ADULT)
This video is a documentary on the role of clergy, lay leaders, and religious educators of all denominations in recognizing and responding to child abuse. The goal is to raise awareness of the vulnerability of children and the need to intervene at times on their behalf. The video includes: definitions of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; signs of how to recognize possible abuse; stories of adult survivors; discussion of theological issues including forgiveness and confidentiality; an example of how to respond to a victim's disclosure of abuse; and suggestions for joint efforts between religious and secular agencies. (NOTE- This video precedes the BLESS THE CHILDREN video, also produced by the Center.)

Broken Toy (JH, HS, ADULT)
Combining a dramatic storyline, performed realistically by actual school-children, this video is a powerful tool that addresses the problem of bullying directly to children. It is a shattering program that will move and educate children like nothing they've ever experienced. Raymond is a 12-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother. His lonely life is made even lonelier by the cruel verbal and physical treatment he receives from other children at school. In the halls, on the playground, even in the classroom. Raymond is the victim of constant bullying, namely from Mike, Troy, and their "followers". To these youngsters, Raymond's feelings mean nothing. That is until one day…when they go too far. Nobody meant for it to get out of hand, and certainly the children didn't mean for the accident to happen…but it did. In the face of tragedy, these "unfeeling" youngsters will finally wake up But is it too late?

Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives On Domestic Violence, Parts 1&2 (ADULT)
This documentary is intended for clergy, congregations, religious educators, counselors, and staff of battered women's programs. It focuses on understanding the dynamics of domestic violence; supporting individuals experiencing domestic violence through the cooperation of religious and secular communities; and developing programs for the prevention of domestic violence. PART I (37 min.) addresses the various aspects of the problems and situations of battered women; PART II (22 min.) discusses possible clergy and congregation responses to these problems. Stories of 6 formerly battered women from Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical Christian backgrounds are presented. Interviews with rabbis, priests, pastors, shelter workers, psychologists, and secular professionals are featured. Two separate study sessions are recommended for viewers.

Domestic Violence - Challenge to the Courts (ADULT)
This is the Keynote Speech at the Symposium on Domestic Abuse on October 22, 1993. Sarah Buell, Esq., discusses the influences, situations, and reasons which create both abusers and victims in domestic violence settings. How does our society perpetuate these influences/situations? How can we address domestic violence constructively as individuals and as a society?

Domestic Violence - Domestic Violence in our Society: The Church's Response (ADULT)
What can Church/parish leaders do in support of women in domestic violence situations? How can the Church let the victims of domestic violence and abuse know their cries have been heard? How can parishes be made safe places for the victims?

Violence and the Family: Kids Talking to Kids About Violence (JH, HS)
This video is a must for any kid affected by violence at school or in the neighborhood. It will teach kids non-violent ways to handle conflict. Kids will discover how to create positive peer pressure as they influence each other to do the right thing. Through role plays, interviews and dramatizations, kids will gain concrete skills to effectively face conflict in the hallway, on the playing field, in the parking lot, at parties, in the classroom, to and from school, and in their own neighborhoods. Hosted by Darrin Fleming, with special guests Chris Zorich of the Chicago Bears and Linda Lantieri, Director of the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program National Center.

Violence and the Family: Media Violence and the Family: Finding Solutions (ADULT)
Learn how to view television violence from a child's perspective and uncover the effects of media violence on kids. Discover how children's interpretation of television violence significantly differs according to the youngster's age. Join Dr. George Gerbner, America's foremost communication scholar, and other national experts for cutting edge ideas about this issue. Hosted by Mike Collins, with James Collins, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Theatre, University of Notre Dame and Judith-Walls, Ph.D., Professor of Child Development, Purdue University.

Violence and the Family: Stop Arguing! How to Resolve Conflict in the Family (ADULT)
Impossible to avoid, conflict is an opportunity for growth if we learn to trust ourselves. Seeing conflict as a positive sign often requires a complete shift in our perceptions. This program empowers family members to work through conflict. You will learn powerful skills to manage and resolve conflict. You will also discover the common traps to unresolved conflict: becoming paralyzed by fear, being unwilling to meet the challenge of handling your own power or the force of someone else's power, personalizing conflict, and trying to avoid or accommodate conflict. Hosted by Mike Collins, with Anthony L. Berardi, Ph.D., Psychologist; Helen D. Pratt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development, and Mary C. Roemer, M.A., CAC, Therapist.

When You Preach...Remember Me (Spouse Abuse) (ADULT)
This video is designed as a discussion starter. Along with a guide, the video raises consciousness about how preaching can help break the cycle of domestic violence.

For Pete's Sake Tell (Emementary Grades 3-6)
This video and teaching guide gives adults a tool and information for teaching sexual abuse prevention to children in a positive way. The animated story is about Pete the mouse who, without his mother's knowlwdge, takes a ride home with a neighbor who buys him ice cream, compliments him and brings him to his house to show Pete a new video game. When Pete gets inside the neighbors house, he realizes that he has been tricked.

Speak Up Say No (PK, Emementary Grades 1-3)
Penelope Mouse is taught that parts of your home and your body are private and you don't share with another person. Penelope has an experience with Uncle Sid that makes her feel uncomfortable. Although confused because she was taught to respect him, she knows that his touching her wasn't right. He tries to get her to keep his actions secret, but she runs home and tells. The video shows children that sex abuse is not their fault and that they should tell a trusted person.

Tricky People (Emementary Grades 3-6)
Though entertaining, this video will help you recognize dangerous behavior and to stop Tricky People in their tracks. Viewers will see actual situations where"tricks" are used to get a child to be alone and defenseless. ( Warning: this video shows an actual sexual predator engaged in using lures with children, This could be upsetting for some children. Be sure to preview before showing).

Yello Dyno's: Can't Fool Me! (Emementary Grades 3-6)
Based on the book, "Raising Safe Kids in an Unsafe World", by Yello Dyno founder Jan Wagner. This video shows how kids can identify and protect themselves from tricky people and situations. (Warning: this video shows an sexual predator engaged in using lures with children. This could be upsetting for some children. Be sure to preview before showing).

Youth Protection: Personal Safety Awareness (HS; Older adolescent)
This video is a presentation for any young person 14 through 20 years of age. It is made up of a series of three vignettes dealing with the issues of acquaintance rape, Internet safety and stalking, and peer sexual harassment. After each scenario is presented, the tape should be stopped for local group discussion. Then the tape can be continued for a "reality check" discussion pointing out critical information regarding each situation. This video is segmented for flexibility in a class or meeting venue.

Time to Tell, A (JH)
Video explores the problem of sexual molestation by dramatizing experiences of adolescent boys. Through these experiences, the three R's of youth protection are learned: Recognition, Resistance, and Reporting. The video directly addresses typical molestation situations. Throughout the video the need to report the attempted assaults to trusted adults is stressed, with reassurances that the victim is not to blame. Leaders should point out that while the video deals only with male-abuse, girls can be subject to the same molestation and abuse scenarios.

Breaking the Silence (HS)
This video was produced in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, yet its relevance is universal. It begins with a discussion featuring a group of high school students sharing their opinions and concerns. These students are neither experts or authorities on sexual abuse, nor are they victims. The DVD is not intended to provide all of the answers. It doesn't preach. Its purpose is to trigger awareness and discussion and provide practical tools for young people to use against potential sexual abuse.

Big Boys Don't Cry (Middle school; high school)
Tony, a high school wrestler, can't concentrate on his schoolwork, is afraid of intimacy with his girlfriend, and has problems communicating with his parents. He is disturbed by recurring flashbacks and nightmares of a long-hidden secret. When Tony suspects that Uncle Paul is molesting his younger brother, Andy, he has to confront some painful memories of his own childhood. By sharing his secret--that he was sexually abused by Paul--he finds new closeness with his family and the healing process begins.

When Should You Tell? (El Gr 3-5)
When her older cousin Tommy starts touching her inappropriate places whenever she's alone with him, Karen is scared and confused and thinks maybe she's to blame. Warned not to tell what's happening, Karen feels sick and is unable to concentrate in school. Why can't her mother just figure out the secret, she wonders, and make Tommy stop. This program helps abused children know they're not alone by sharing insight into the feelings that are a result of abuse. Emphasizes that children can get help by telling an adult they trust and shows them steps to take and resources they can rely on. Grades 3-5.

Love Is Patient: Saving Sex for Marriage (Adolescent; Young Adults)
Sexual intimacy is a gift from God to be enjoyed within marriage. But choosing to save sex for marriage is difficult for young people, especially in today's society. Young people need to know the many benefits of saving sex for marriage: It shows respect for oneself, one's sexuality, and on'e relationships. It is an expression of love for God. Living with sexual integrity recognizes and respects the importance, value, and power of sex. The young people and counselors in this video share this message from their personal testimonies, letting viewers know that sexual abstinence before marriage is God's expectation for all of us, and that He will give us the grace to do it.

Yes You Can Say No (Grades 2-6)
David is being sexually exploited by a once-trusted adult. Drawing on his own resources and those of his friends, David learns the assertiveness skills necessary to resist and report the abuse. Students will share David's growing sense of confidence as he learns not only how to handle the situation that has troubled him, but how to deal with everyday challenges at home and at school.

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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult

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