5 Days of Action – Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Cannon Memorial YMCA is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month with Five Days of Action, April 16-20, 2018. This initiative focuses on preventing child sexual abuse by sharing tips on how adults can step up and speak out to prevent child sexual abuse.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICS - PROVIDED BY DARKNESS TO LIGHT
-One in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
-90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser.
-Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members.
-60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone.
-False reports are rare. Research shows that only 4 to 8% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU BELIEVE A CHILD IS BEING ABUSED - PROVIDED BY DARKNESS TO LIGHT
-You do not need to have proof that abuse is occurring to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means that you have witnessed maltreatment or boundary violations, either in the child or adult, or both. Or, you have received a disclosure from a child about abuse, neglect, or boundary violations towards them.
-Child sexual abuse reports should be made to the police and/or state child protective services.
-Contact the Darkness to Light Helpline at 866-FOR-LIGHT to have questions answered by trained counselors at no charge.
About Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Through education and awareness, the organization seeks to create a safer world for children to grow and thrive. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is a one-of-a-kind, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.4 million adults have been trained using the program. For more information, visit www.D2L.org.