For the past three decades, Rosemary Wooden Webb has dedicated herself to Primary Prevention efforts - preventing abuse before it happens. As a teen, she lobbied Congress to watch a CBS "Sixty Minutes" segment on child pornography. The piece was based on the investigative reporting of her father, child advocate Ken Wooden, and led to creation of the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation Act of 1977. This was the first federal legislative effort to regulate child pornography and provide funding for survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation.
Following college, Rosemary co-founded Child Lures Prevention with her father, Ken Wooden and sister, Jennifer Mitchell in Shelburne, Vermont. Together, they created the Think First & Stay Safe School Program, based on Ken Wooden’s groundbreaking interviews with hundreds of convicted child molesters and the family’s subsequent work in countless classrooms across the country. Rosemary also co-authored the program's Parent Guide and Student Workbook, which are widely used, both with the school program and independently.
The turn-key Think First & Stay Safe School Program was the sole prevention program featured at the most recent White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children. It is currently used in thousands of schools and faith-based organizations, as well as by child advocacy centers, youth groups and other child-serving organizations. Rosemary collaborates with these groups, as well as with countless survivors, to bring primary prevention efforts to their communities. She regularly presents at conferences and provides in-service training for school districts.
In 2003, Rosemary was invited to The White House as a child safety expert to witness President Bush’s Rose Garden signing of the PROTECT Act, which formally established the federal government’s role in the Amber Alert System and increased penalties for crimes against children. Rosemary appeared as spokesperson in a series of national PSA's produced by John Walsh (America’s Most Wanted) and has appeared regularly as a personal safety expert on local and national media.
Realizing the power of media, combined with peer teaching, Rosemary teamed up with colleague Jennifer Mitchell to develop the Teen Lures TV Newscast School Program. The TV Newscast gives teens the opportunity to serve as news anchors, broadcasting sexual assault awareness and prevention facts to their peers via live performances, taped presentations, and, where available, closed-circuit or cable TV. Accompanying Class Discussion Plans allow all students to engage in serious dialogue concerning personal safety. Rosemary also co-authored the corresponding parent handbook, Let's Talk Teens, which included collaboration with national organizations such as RAINN, Love is Respect, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Nat'l Center for Victims of Crime, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Privacy Rights and Wired Safety.
In 2006, Rosemary garnered an Emmy Award for co-producing, "Smart Choices, Safe Kids: A Child Lures Prevention Town Hall Meeting,” which was broadcast statewide throughout Illinois, compliments of NBC-5 Chicago. She has also helped coordinate broadcast of the Child Lures Television News Series in over 70 ADI TV markets across the country. In 2009, South Korea's Educational Broadcast System (EBS) turned to Child Lures Prevention to help produce a successful 3-part Educational Documentary on keeping Korea's children safe, which was viewed by millions of families throughout South Korea.
More recently, Rosemary enjoys alliances with USA Gymnastics, Mercy Ships and Erin’s Law. She has been invited to sit on the board of the Global Army against Child Abuse, headed by L. Raphael Genève. Rosemary has also coordinated initial prevention efforts in international communities with high needs and strong cultural resistance, securing funding for these projects through organizations like Rotary International.
During Vermont’s creation of Act One, a comprehensive statewide approach to sexual abuse prevention, Rosemary testified before the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee at one of its special sessions concerning sexual offender protocol and laws. Rosemary also served as a member of the Vermont Department of Children and Families' Community Outreach Working Group, which created legislative recommendations on how most effectively to implement sexual abuse prevention education programming in Vermont. Also locally, Rosemary serves as vice-chair of Connecting Youth, which champions a district-wide model mentoring program, as well as other programs that help youth make healthy choices. She is a member of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and an active volunteer in her community and at her children’s schools.
On a personal note, Rosemary has been married for eighteen years to Scott Webb, an elementary school special educator. Together, they have two wonderful teenagers - daughter, Sophia, and son, Preston. Rosemary enjoys spending time with her family, attending cross country and basketball events, as well as music, cooking, gardening, reading, hiking, and sailing.
Rosemary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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