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Be Safe: Secrets - When Should You Tell Social Story


This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information about different types of secrets and when keeping them can be dangerous.

A man is shown in the center of the image saying,

Sometimes people may tell me I'm not supposed to talk about something that happened.

A mom tells her daughter not to tell her brother that he's getting a bike for his birthday. The daughter agrees not to tell.

It is okay to keep a secret about presents or surprises.

A mother says to her daughter,

These secrets are okay because no one gets hurt.

A smiling woman whispers a secret to another woman, who looks upset.

If somebody could feel hurt or uncomfortable, I should not keep it a secret.

A man reaches out toward a boy and says,

If someone tries to look at my private parts or asks me to look at their private parts, I should not keep it a secret.

A man reaches out toward a small boy who says,

Even if somebody tells me not to tell the secret, I should remember that keeping people safe is more important.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.