Virginia Repertory Theatre and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia Celebrate 30 Years of Hugs and Kisses – Virginia’s Principal Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program
This award-winning landmark musical play sensitively tells the story of a little girl who has been sexually abused. During the course of the play, the girl and her friends learn valuable life lessons that enable her to talk to a trusted adult who can bring help. Juan Conde from Channel 8 News will EMCEE the event. A question and answer session and reception will follow immediately after the program.
Hugs and Kisses is a unique partnership between Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV), the Virginia Department of Social Services and Virginia Repertory Theatre. Now in its 30th year of touring, Hugs and Kisses introduces the concepts of good touch, bad touch and secret touch to elementary school students in a sensitive and an age appropriate manner through an enjoyable musical play. Both Johanna Schuchert, Executive Director of PCAV, and Ann Childress, CPS Prevention Supervisor from Social Services, agree that collaboration has been the key to keeping this program going since 1983. “All three organizations and other valuable partners have worked together at the state level. Schools, local social services and other community groups such as women’s clubs have supported the effort locally. We are all appreciative of the difference this program has made for children in Virginia.”