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Leafs and Toronto Child Abuse Centre fighting abuse

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
On March 4th, Ken Dryden, President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, former Toronto Blue Jay Rob Butler, and the Toronto Child Abuse Centre will join more than 900 students from elementary and secondary schools at Air Canada Centre in a partnership program to prevent child abuse.

For the past four years, Toronto Child Abuse Centre, together with the Maple Leafs has hosted "Martin's Hope", an educational forum on child abuse. We have invited students from the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards to attend. "Martin's Hope" is held in honour of Martin Kruze, who hoped to prevent child sexual abuse through education and awareness. Over the past four years more than 1000 elementary and secondary students from schools across Toronto have participated in "Martin's Hope".

In 2002, we will talk with over 900 students at "Martins Hope"; this is an increase of fourfold in just four years. In December 2001, seventy secondary school students were trained to "partner" with classroom teachers to implement the I'm A Great Kid! Program, created by Toronto Child Abuse Centre to teach children the skills they need to be safe.

On March 4th, students will come together at Air Canada Centre to learn and explore creative ways of getting the message out to other children and adults that abuse can be prevented. The forum will include guest speakers, videos, group discussions and art activities as well as a special video with messages to students from Toronto Maple Leaf players.
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