It takes a village to raise a child.
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is one of the vilest of crimes, and the ACE Study shows it is a crime that harms victims for the rest of their lives.
We can’t leave it up to children to protect themselves from abuse; that’s an adult responsibility. But adults can’t protect children if they don’t understand what they’re protecting children from. Working together, we can ensure our villages are capable of protecting all of our children.
Why is it important to educate adults about child sexual abuse prevention?
Don’t mandated reporters learn about child sex abuse?
Are there standardized curriculums, and what do they consist of?
The two major curriculums are Stewards of Children and Enough Abuse. Stewards of Children is very turn-key, Enough Abuse is more flexible and has more of a focus on child-to-child sexual abuse. Both have a lot of evidence behind them demonstrating that they increase an adult’s understanding of child sex abuse.
What can we expect will happen when a critical mass of a community has taken a class?
We can expect adults will make better choices about the people and places they entrust their children to. We know that there is more reporting. There is anecdotal evidence that parents who understand the importance of talking about child sex abuse with their children are more likely to have their child disclose abuse to them.
When children disclose to adults who listen and respond to them, more abusers should get convicted, which should mean a decrease in over-all abuse. It seems likely that, as more adults understand often-confusing details about CSA, juries will become better at convicting abusers, meaning even more abusers behind bars and longer sentences. It also makes sense that, as more people understand how significant an issue child sex abuse is, they will demand better laws and policies from their elected officials.
Is there any opposition to these classes?
Isn’t it more important to educate kids?
No. It is up to adults to protect children. We don’t expect children to protect themselves from other horrors, we can’t expect them to protect themselves from sex offenders. Even if we teach children to recognize and respond to child sex abuse, they still need adults to help them; a child can’t drive to the police station, can’t leave an abusive home, can’t access therapy by themselves. And research shows most adults don’t know enough about child sex abuse to respond appropriately if their child discloses. Many believe children or malicious ex’s frequently make up false allegations. And research has shown a majority of teachers wouldn’t report a child’s disclosure of child sex abuse within their school.
I understand teaching people who work with kids about child sex abuse. But why do parents need a class about it?
Are there communities that have adopted these programs on a large scale?
Can adult education eliminate CSA?
What are other things communities need to do to protect kids?
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