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PREVENTION

A child's safety is an adult's job.  Children are often taught how to keep themselves safe from sexual abuse, and that's important for them to learn; however, that's no substitute for adult responsibility.  There are some simple things you can do to protect children - learn the facts about abuse and understand the risks; minimize opportunities for abuse to take place; talk openly with your children about protection and not keeping secrets; have a plan with your child about what to do should something happen; and, act on your suspicions.

Only 1 in 10 children report sexual abuse, and they typically endure that abuse for up to 6 months before they make an outcry.  Your involvement in protecting children could make the difference in abuse occurring at all!

At this time, we are not offering any training events for community members, but will be happy to design a training to suit you or your agency's need for prevention education. Contact ivyc@pauldingcac.org for more information.

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