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.