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Stories from Parents
Three year old boy—Several years ago, Lil’ Iguana came to do an appearance at a child care center. There was a three year old boy there who was very taken by this colorful friendly character. When his mother came to pick him up however, she was upset and wanted to know why children his age needed to be exposed to such topics.
Three months later, a 14 year old child care assistant there tied him up and sexually molested him at the facility. He was threatened with bodily harm if he told anyone about it. When his behavior at home changed over the course of a week, his parents took him to a doctor.
The doctor diagnosed the behavior (bedwetting, nightmares, and appetite change) as ‘growing pains’ and prescribed no treatment. When they returned home, the boy told his mother the doctor was wrong and that he needed to call Lil’ Iguana. He said Lil’ Iguana would protect him, and made his mother promise she would get Lil’ Iguana involved. He was able to tell her that there was a ‘bad boy’ at his child care program.
The reporting of the incident led to the identification and removal of the abuser, and attentive counseling for both the boy and the perpetrator. The mother became an advocate for Lil’ Iguana and approached Senator Bob Smith of New Hampshire to help the LICSF on a national level.
Sixteen Year Old Girl—One day while walking home from high school by herself in a wooded area, a delivery truck pulled up alongside her and the driver engaged her in friendly conversation. His tone soon became more demanding however, and he threatened to harm her if she did not get into the truck with him.
One could imagine many thoughts were going through her head at this frightening moment. To her surprise however, all she could hear was Lil’ Iguana’s Run, Run, Run, Yell and Tell song running through her mind. She came to her senses and was able to escape her potential abductor and report the incident to the police.
When she was eight years younger, the girl had listened to one of Lil’ Iguana’s CDs over and over, and committed all the songs to memory. To her own shock, this advice remained locked in her memory and gave her the presence of mind to save herself many years later.
“The Lil’ Iguana Run, Yell, and Tell Campaign is…helping to ensure that children will be safe from predators.”
-U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (New Hampshire)
“Because of the Lil’ Iguana program our daughter is still with us today, and although our story has a happy ending we also understand that we could have lost our youngest child.”
-Bonnie Silva (Newbury, MA)
“My three year old boy was sexually molested by a child care provider. Because of the Lil’ Iguana program, he was brave enough to come forward even after being threatened.”
“Lil’ Iguana is the most effective safety program I have ever seen for elementary school children.”
-Deb Beaulieu, Infant Jesus School (Nashua, New Hampshire)
“Lil’ Iguana is the most innovative program I have seen in my 23 year career in law enforcement. It’s fun and it works!”
-Paul Goyette, Lowell Police (Ret.)
“Many programs attempt to teach young children about safety. Lil’ Iguana’s unique approach not only succeeds at it, but enables them to retain the lessons for years afterward.”
-Dr. Lisa Fiore. Director of the Early Childhood Program at Lesley University