Sexual abuse is usually a topic that most adults find challenging to discuss with children. It is not uncommon to hear educators or caregivers struggle with where and how to start. Creating an environment where children are able to learn about sexuality and sexual abuse in an open and honest manner is the first step towards protecting them from harm, and stories are a powerful medium for children to learn about topics that are not easy to talk about.
Authored by Mr Goh Eck Kheng and illustrated by Ms Lim An-ling, Singapore Children’s Society launched a children’s picture book on body safety to help caregivers and educators broach the topic of child sexual abuse. Titled ‘Jun and the Octopus’ follows the story of Jun, a boy who is an exuberant, fun-loving boy who loves his family, his dog, and the ocean. One day, without warning, the world around Jun goes dim. In his dreams, he sees himself struggling in the deep ends of the ocean, trapped in the writhing, slippery tentacles of an octopus. Deep in the ocean is also a secret that Jun is keeping close to his heart, the honesty of which could unleash darkness in unimaginable ways. Join Jun on this journey that tells of the power of truth, the courage to stand up for oneself, and the importance of our body’s boundaries.
This theatrical adaptation is presented by The Finger Players through the medium of puppetry and the performance will be followed by a 30-minute post-show facilitation session with experienced social workers from Singapore Children’s Society.
Jun and the Octopus is created in consultation with a Clinical Psychology Consultant. However, issues in the book related to sexual abuse may cause discomfort to some individuals. If you would like to find out more about the themes and issues explored in this program, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tickets: SG$23 per pax. Available HERE!