1. Learn the Facts
-It is likely that you know a child who has been or is being abused.
-It is also likely that you know an abuser. The greatest risk to children doesn’t come from strangers but from friends and family.
-70% of all reported sexual assaults that occur are children under the age of 17.
-Most child victims never report the abuse.
2. Minimize Opportunity
-Eliminate or reduce any 1 adult/1 child situations.
-Monitor internet use & keep the computer in the family room.
3. Talk About It
-Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it.
-Understand why children are afraid to “tell.”
-Know how children communicate.
-Talk to other adults about child sexual abuse.
4. Stay Alert
-Watch for physical and emotional signs (listed above).
-Behavioral or emotional signals are more common than physical signs.
-Be aware that in some children there are no signs ever.
5. Make a Plan
6. Act on Suspicions
-Trust your instincts – very few reported incidents are false.
-Call the Children’s Advocacy Center in your area if you have questions or concerns about making a report.
-Call Law Enforcement or the Department of Child & Family Services to make a report of child abuse.
7. Get Involved
-Volunteer or financially support organizations that address child sexual abuse.
-Call or write your Congressman.