WARSAW — Personal Safety Unlimited is hosting a nationally recognized child abduction prevention program for children. This fun-filled presentation will be held at Parkview Warsaw YMCA on Saturday, Oct. 15 beginning at 11 a.m.. The event is free of charge and is open to children ages 6- 13 and their parents. Two classes will be offered. Class 1 for ages to 6-9 begins at 11 a.m. Class 2 for ages 10-13 begins at noon.
KID ESCAPE teaches children how to “Grip, Dip & Spin” away from potential abductors, and will be taught by authorized instructor, Steve Zorn.
KID ESCAPE is designed to teach children how to respond to a potential abductor and, if necessary, how to use a nonviolent sequence of moves for a successful getaway. Each student will practice the skills during the class and athletic ability is not required because the moves are simple and fun to learn.
Zorn has been teaching self-protection classes for more than 16 years. He brought KID ESCAPE to Indiana after learning how empowering the program has been for children around the country. The program is based on real abduction attempts where children escaped to safety. Zorn works through various scenarios with the children and teaches them special moves to avoid abductions. He believes that this training should be a life skill, much like “Stop, Drop & Roll”.
KID ESCAPE fills a critically important void in child abduction prevention training. Children are often taught to make noise, to run, to resist, to pull away and so on. But the challenge is conditioning our children to automatically respond and stop a child predator without hesitation because if our children have to stop and think, it might be too late.
KID ESCAPE is very child-friendly, and the teaching style is motivating and non- fearful,” Zorn said. “The students practice the skills with adult volunteers and laugh while learning which is great because they’re more likely to remember them.”