The safety and well-being of children at the Y is, and always will be, our top priority. We know that today:
> 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the U.S. experience sexual abuse by the age of 18.
> 90 percent of children who are abused know the abuser.
> There are more than 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. Yet, many child victims may never disclose their abuse.
> 1 in 5 children is solicited sexually on the Internet before the age of 18.
Yet, when adults collectively understand the risks and red flags of child sexual abuse, we can do more to keep kids safe. When we all take action, abuse is preventable.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR TEEN SAFE ONLINE
WHETHER YOU REALIZE IT OR NOT, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AFFECTS ALL OF US
The impact of child sexual abuse is devastating for survivors, but also affects those close to them, as well as the surrounding community. It is the root cause of many social and health issues and touches all of us in one way or another.
The health and social impacts of child sexual abuse on a survivor last a lifetime and affect us all socially and financially. The average lifetime cost per victim of child abuse is $210,012, costing the U.S. billions annually.
Learn more about the economic, social and health impact of child abuse > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bNCid0NjV8&t=41s
KEEPING KIDS SAFE FROM GROOMING & MANIPULATION
The greatest threat to our children doesn’t come from strangers. It comes from people we know and trust.
Grooming allows offenders to slowly overcome natural boundaries long before sexual abuse occurs. On the surface, grooming a child can look like a close relationship between the offending adult, the targeted child and (potentially) the child’s caregivers. The grooming process is often misleading because the offender may be well-known or highly regarded in the community. As a result, it’s easy to trust them.
Take a moment to watch the 2 minute video to learn more> https://youtu.be/q9lzEYLnMMA
BEING THE SAFE ADULT
When a child discloses their sexual abuse to you, it means that they trust you. It’s important to react in a responsible way that’s reassuring to the child.
Disclosure of sexual abuse means a child has chosen you as the person he or she trusts enough to tell. It is the moment when children learn whether others can be trusted to stand up for them.
Learn more about how to respond, support & report > https://www.d2l.org/get-help/being-the-safe-adult/
TIPS FOR TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
TEACH KIDS ABOUT HEALTHY BOUNDARIES
Educating children about the importance of personal boundaries—and empowering them to speak out when they feel violated—is essential to healthy youth development. Yet, the topic of boundaries is one that many adults shy away from. Addressing child sexual abuse may be uncomfortable, but the truth is, it’s a too-common crime that we must constantly protect against. Statistics reveal one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18; and about 90 percent of sexual offenders are someone the child knows, including family members and acquaintances. The more we educate ourselves and youth about the red flags associated with child sexual abuse, the better prepared we are to prevent it. One easy but important way we can do this is by helping youth understand their personal boundaries.
CLICK HERE for some helpful tips to help start this important conversation with kids and parents.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSERS ARE OFTEN KNOWN AND TRUSTED
PARENT ENGAGEMENT VIDEOS
Parent and guardian education is very important. These videos review how abuse occurs, warning signs to be aware of, and how to respond.
Click on the links below to find Praesidium’s newest parent resource videos.
CHILD PROTECTION RESOURCES
Learn more about steps you can take to help create a culture of safety and prevent child sexual abuse.
BE AN INFORMED PARENT
As you are evaluating camps for your children, make sure to ask some specific questions of the camp to ensure the camp takes abuse prevention seriously. It is important to know how an organization keeps children safe.