CHILD SEX ABUSE PREVENTION
HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?
According to Prevent Child Abuse America, 20 percent of American women and 5 percent to 16 percent of American men have experienced some form of sexual abuse as a child.
One-third to one-half of child sexual abuse victims are under the age of 7.
Child sexual abuse for children with disabilities is 1.75 greater than those without.
The issue transcends stereotypes and is present everywhere.
The abuser is almost always someone the family knows.
Protecting children is the responsibility of all adults. Educate yourself and be part of the solution!
PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE
Child sex abuse will never be stopped if we rely solely on children to keep themselves safe. It is essential that adults take the initiative to keep children safe by talking to children about their sexual development, keeping lines of communication open with children and being aware of predator behavior. Child Abuse Council works to educate the community and provide resources so that caregivers know how they can help keep children safe.
This year we will be partnering with many local partners to offer a new community training to keep children safe called "Protecting Our Children: Advice from Child Molesters." This program was developed in Oregon by Cory Jewell Jensen after many years of interviews with predators in jail and after extensive research about the issue of sex abuse. The training includes video interviews with child molesters and provides specific tips about ways community members can keep ALL children safe. For more information contact Alyssa Acton at AlyssaA@childabuseqc.org.
Child Abuse Council partners with many local agencies and schools to provide a curriculum called Second Step. This program is designed to engage caregivers and children in safety discussions.
If you ever suspect child abuse is occurring make a report immediately!
Or, call your local law enforcement. If a child is in immediate danger always dial 911.
Download our Child Abuse Disclosure Tip Sheet today to be better able to handle this situation.
Books Are A Powerful Tool
Children learn so much from books and stories, even when we don’t think they are listening! We recommend using books to teach many things from emotional literacy to protecting their bodies. Below you will find book suggestions on keeping children safe from child sex abuse.
When using books to teach don’t force your child to talk about things they are uncomfortable with, allow them to come to you when they have questions or things to talk about. If they don’t want to discuss something just let them know they can come to you anytime. Make sure when reading you spend time talking about the pictures, guessing what will happen next, discussing the characters and take turns doing things like turning the pages or reading words.
These lists are not exhaustive, there are lots of other great titles out there too!
It is important that we are comfortable talking to children about their private body parts and give them the words they need to tell us if something is wrong or talk to us when they have questions. Often, using books as tools to teach makes parents more comfortable with the topic and it is important to be comfortable so children know they can talk to us anytime. Here are some book titles you can use to talk to your child about their private body parts.
Here are a few books for parents to use to understand healthy sexual development and better understand how to talk to you child about sex!
Here are some books for children who have experienced child sex abuse. Reading can be a great way to talk about things when children are uncomfortable. Remember not to force a child to talk, let them know you are there if they want to talk later and wait for them to be comfortable. If you find your child has been sexually abused report it immediately to authorities and contact us for information on community supports for you and your child. Here is a quick guide on helping your child heal from trauma.
Sexualizing Childhood from Center for a Commercial Free Childhood . Children are exposed to graphic and sexualized material daily. Learn about what this means the the impact of a highly sexualized world here.
Child Sex Abuse Fact Sheet from National Child Traumatic Stress Network. What is sex abuse? What does it look like? Learn more about this important topic. Document also available in Spanish.
The truth is children develop sexually just as they develop in every other way! It is our job as caregivers to help children maintain healthy sexual development. Document also available in Spanish.
Stop It Now! has information on treatment and support resources for children who who have experienced sexual abuse
Mothers of Sexually Abused Children offers information, resources and support for those parents of children who have experienced sexual abuse.
1in 6 is a website helping men who have unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood lead healthy happy lives.
Advocates for Youth is a site targeted to older children and adolescents and parents to promote communication on healthy sexual development.
Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute has resources, research and other information to help parents prevent child sex abuse and respond to child sex abuse.
Sex Offender Registry