Hugs and Kisses

Book and Lyrics By Bruce Craig Miller and A. Terry Bliss
Music by Richard Giersch


Madeleine Gish
Program Coordinator

Hugs and Kisses is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s principal and most comprehensive child sexual abuse prevention program and has been since its inception in 1983. It introduces the concepts of good touch, bad touch and secret touch to elementary school students in a sensitive and an age appropriate manner through an enjoyable, award-winning musical play.

Hugs and Kisses has been shown in every school district in Virginia and has been seen by over 1.5 million children. The School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University independently evaluates an annual student and teacher questionnaire. The evaluation consistently proves that children learn the prevention message across all elementary school grade levels and that teachers feel more confident and competent when dealing with child sexual abuse issues.

This award-winning landmark musical play sensitively and inoffensively tells the story of a little girl who has been sexually abused. During the course of the play, the little girl and her friends learn valuable life lessons that enable her to talk to a trusted adult who can bring help.

For a detailed synopsis and list of concepts covered in the play, please read the Study Guide (pdf).

  • Good touch, bad touch and secret touch concepts sensitively introduced to K – 5 students in an age appropriate manner
  • Award-winning, enjoyable musical play serving approximately 50,000 students throughout Virginia annually
  • Seen by over 1.5 million students in every school district in the state; over 13,000 have sought help directly after the play
  • Proven to teach prevention resources and techniques across all grade levels


Funded through the Virginia Department of Social Services and corporate and foundation sponsors.

For more information or to speak to someone about bringing Hugs to your school, email Madeleine Gish our Hugs and Kisses Coordinator.