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PREVENTION - 7 STEPS

7 Steps to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse
The following is reprinted with permission from Darkness to Light.

What is child sexual abuse?

  • Any sexual act between an adult and a minor or between two minors when one exerts power over the other.
  • Forcing, coercing or persuading a child to engage in any type of sexual act. This, of course, includes sexual contact. And it also includes non-contact acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, voyeurism and communicating in a sexual manner by phone or Internet.
  • An agonizing and traumatic experience for its victims.
  • A crime punishable by law.

    Step 1. Learn the facts. Understand the risks.
    Realities-not trust-should influence your decisions regarding your child.

    Step 2. Minimize opportunity.
    If you eliminate or reduce one-adult/one-child situations, youíll dramatically lower the risk of sexual abuse for your child.

    Step 3. Talk about it.
    Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it.

    Step 4. Stay alert.
    Donít expect obvious signs when a child is being sexually abused.

    Step 5. Make a plan.
    Learn where to go, who to call and how to react.

    Step 6. Act on suspicions.
    The future well-being of a child is at stake.

    Step 7. Get involved.
    Volunteer and financially support organizations that fight the tragedy of child sexual abuse.

    Read expanded information about each step at Darkness to Light   On their home page you will find a LINK to "7 steps" with expanded information for each step.











    NOTE: Inclusion in our list of organizations, books, counselors, and other links and resources does not necessarily indicate a recommendation or endorsement. What is helpful for another survivor may not be right for you. As always, use your own judgment when contacting any of these organizations. Advice given at this website, or in conjunction with Joshua Childrens Foundation activities is not to be taken as a counseling or clinical relationship but only as suggestion based on the founders personal experience as a sex abuse victim resulting in bulimia eating disorder and the healing journey from that. Articles, links, or content contained on this website should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner, nor should it be inferred as such. Always check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about a specific condition. Joshua Childrens Foundation does not take any responsibility and is held harmless from any actions by anyone associated with the websites we link to.


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