Often, child sexual abuse is only discussed by the media after something goes horribly wrong. All one has to do is Google it to read about the most recent child sexual abuse horror stories.
Awareness is a significant part of ending child sexual abuse, but for it to be effective, we must take action. It’s important to remember that child sexual abuse can be prevented.
Our conversations about abuse don’t have to revolve around the “aftermath” of a particular case. It is crucial for victims to have a chance to tell their stories and bring their abusers to justice, but taking preventative measures can end abuse before it ever happens.
There are many fearless individuals and organizations who are fighting to decrease the number of child sexual abuse stories we hear about on the news every day – not because we’ve stopped talking about it, but because we’ve stopped the actual abuse.
To create a culture that protects children, it is vital that we continue to educate adults about child sexual abuse facts, prevention, and response. Education for children is important, and yet we cannot place the burden of prevention solely on their shoulders. Ultimately, children need a level of protection that only we as adults and youth serving organizations can fully provide.