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NCJ Number: 200109 
Title: Seven Steps to Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse
Corporate Author: From Darkness to Light
United States of America
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: From Darkness to Light
Charleston, SC 29401
Sale Source: From Darkness to Light
247 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
United States of America
Publisher: http://www.darkness2light.org 
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Brochure/Pamphlet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handbook presents adults with seven concrete and proactive steps they can take to prevent child sexual abuse.
Abstract: Although we teach our children techniques for keeping themselves safe from sexual abuse, the ultimate responsibility for keeping children safe from sexual abuse lies with parents and other responsible adults. This handbook is designed to offer practical advice for adults that will help protect children. Step 1 involves learning the facts about child sexual abuse and understanding the risk factors associated with its occurrence. Step 2 involves minimizing the opportunity for sexual predators to prey on children. Once the risk factors for child sexual abuse are understood, adults can take proactive measures to keep children out of harms way, such as making surprise visits when your child is alone with another adult. Step 3 involves discussing sexual abuse with children, especially in the case of suspected abuse. Step 4 urges parents and other responsible adults to stay alert to the possible signs of sexual abuse in children. Step 5 discusses the efficacy of making a plan on how to respond to suspected child abuse, even before the suspicion arises. Finding out the current and relevant laws and where to seek counseling help is advisable for any parent or adult who supervises children. Step 6 alerts adults to act on suspicions and advises on the most appropriate courses of action when child sexual abuse is suspected. Finally, step 7 encourages parents and responsible adults to become involved with helping organizations and supporting legislation aimed at reducing child sexual abuse.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Techniques
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