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Get the facts about sexual abuse and how to prevent it.

“Children whose parents are reliable sources of comfort and strength have a lifetime of advantage-kind of buffer against the worst that fate can hand them."

- Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Did you know?

  • No child is immune. Sexual abuse affects children regardless of their gender, socioeconomic status, race, or religion. It impacts communities worldwide.
  • It’s more common than you think. One in five girls and one in 20 boys are victimized by child sexual abuse.
  • The impact is multi-fold. Childhood sexual abuse can not only result in consequences in the lives of victims, but their families as well.

It’s more than “stranger danger.”

93% of sexual abuse perpetrators are known to the victim.

  • 59% are acquaintances
  • 34% are family members
  • 7% are strangers

What defines sexual abuse?

 

Sexual abuse is any sexual contact or interaction (visual, verbal, or psychological) where consent is not willingly given and obtained but is instead accomplished through force, intimidation, coercion, manipulation, or threat for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or any other person.

 

It’s important to understand what constitutes consent and how it varies depending on the individuals involved.

 

A child cannot truly consent to sexual activity with an adult. There are two major reasons why:

 

Maturity: There is a reason why states have “age of consent” laws — they establish at which point a young person is emotionally and mentally competent enough to make informed decisions regarding sex.

 

Power/authority: Adults (and even older children) are in positions of power over children which puts them in a position of vulnerability.

We believe that parents want to be proactive about preventing abuse, but they just don’t know how.

With over 30 years of experience working with victims of sexual abuse and our experience as parents, we’ve learned over and over again that it falls on adults to protect children from this significant risk. If you’re ready to take steps to protect your kids, join us for an upcoming workshop.

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