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A Time for Reflection and Looking Forward, Together
CHICAGO, IL, November 1, 2013 – In the wake of The Pennsylvania State University’s settlement with Jerry Sandusky’s victims this week, we hope they will not only find some closure on these events, but go on to live long, healthy, productive lives.
We hope all children will have the opportunity to live long, healthy, productive lives.
Given that, we want to take a moment to both reflect on the good things that have happened during the last year around child sexual abuse prevention, while also looking forward to the work that still needs to be done, and the roles we all play in accomplishing it.
Following the flood of attention, and funding, that child sexual abuse prevention received during the last year, some tremendous things have occurred:
- Support for the Enough Abuse Campaign from the Ms. Foundation has helped expand this community mobilization and citizen education program from MA to NJ, MD, and now NY and CA where thousands of parents, youth-serving professionals and concerned citizens are engaged in comprehensive strategies to prevent child sexual abuse,
- Darkness to Light provided their Stewards of Children training to 130,000 adults in the last year, and certified over 1,200 facilitators of the program,
- The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation has developed a national child sexual abuse prevention plan,
- And Prevent Child Abuse Vermont ‘s SAFE-T program reached 4,713 students, in 53 middle schools across VT, and 1,428 adults through 39 trainings for parents, teachers school staff, and administrators.
These activities alone will profoundly impact the lives of children and their families, but they only reflect a portion of the activities happening around the country. In fact, activities big and small are occurring right now in neighborhoods and communities everywhere, including yours.
“This settlement and the story of Penn State is a reminder to us all that institutions must implement strong policies to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in the first place,” said Natalie Sullivan, Program Officer, Safety, Ms. Foundation for Women.
We agree, and given that, our request to you, is please:
- Ask if there are child sexual abuse prevention plans and policies in place, or being developed, at the institutions you and your children frequent.
Please don’t stop there though, because you can also:
- Learn more about what’s happening around child sexual abuse prevention in your neighborhoods and communities,
- Get training on how you can play a role in the prevention child sexual abuse,
- Volunteer at the organizations who provide this innovative prevention work,
- And be a voice for the prevention of child sexual abuse.
“This needs to be the moment where we look to the future as a nation and say, enough, there has been enough abuse, and we choose to live in a country where all children have an equal opportunity to live long, healthy, productive lives,” says James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America. “The fact is, we all play a role in the lives of children and actions both big and small can have a tremendous impact. If you’re not sure what to do though, please let us know, so we can talk about it, and prevent child sexual abuse together.”