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A Community Solution – Child Advocacy Program Taking Steps to Combat Sexual Abuse

A community solution Child advocacy program taking steps to combat sexual abuse September 15, 2012 By Scott Shelters (sshelters@post-journal.com) , The Post-Journal Ninety-two percent of adults recognize child sexual abuse is a problem. Most of them don’t know what to do about it, however. Less than half of adults know the right person or organization to turn to if they learn a child has been victimized, according to a survey released by Darkness to Light, a nonprofit empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. The …

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Don’t be afraid to talk to your children and each other. Child sexual abuse gains power from the secrecy that surrounds it.

In December 2011, the Child Advocacy Program launched Stewards of Children, a national initiative that tries to equip communities with the tools needed to end child sexual abuse. The goal is to have 5,000 Chautauqua County adults complete the training over the next five years. Given Chautauqua County’s adult population, the goal of 5,000 people represents nearly 5 percent of the county’s population, which is identified as the tipping point, or the number of adults needed in order to begin to make a behavioral change. …

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