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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

We ALL have a role to play to keep children safe.
Report Child Abuse in Missouri
800-392-3738

How can we prevent child sexual abuse?

1. Learn the Facts
• Child sexual abuse occurs in every community
• 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday
• 90% of abuse is committed by someone the family knows, likes, loves or trusts
• Most child victims delay or NEVER disclose because they are afraid and ashamed

2. Create Open Communication
Be confident while teaching your children:

  • the correct name for body parts starting at age 2
    • they have a right to their own body, and that no one else has the right to look at or touch their private parts…not even family, friends or older youth
    • to be comfortable talking with you about anything whether good or bad, fun or sad, easy or difficult
  • Talk to your children about:
    • sex by age 8
    • healthy relationships and consent when they reach their teens
    • Internet safety

3. Ensure Youth-Serving Organizations Put Your Child’s Safety First

  • Reduce isolated, one-on-one situations between adults and children by making interactions interruptible and observable
  •  Implement a Code of Conduct that is written out, clear and displayed publicly
  •  Use background screening and personal reference checks for all employees and volunteers
  •  Train staff in child sexual abuse prevention

Resources
CTF Funded Programs – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
News Release:  Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Awards Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Grants
CTF Online Literature Order Form
School-based Child Sexual Abuse Prevention – Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children/Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Darkness to Light Steward of Children
CDC Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Webpage
CDC Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-Serving Organizations (PDF)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:
Preventing and Addressing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth-Serving Organizations Desktop Guide (PDF)
How Youth-Serving Organizations Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Research Project Website
How Youth-Serving Organizations Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Research Project Podcast