Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Research estimates that one out of four girls and one out of six boys will be sexually abused before they are eighteen. Only one in 10 children who are abused tell someone about it. more than 90 percent of abusers are people children know, love or trust. Abusers count on and take advantage of the shame, embarrassment, fear, confusion to keep children silent and adults ignorant.

How do we begin to solve this problem? It is possible.

  • Increase the understanding of how sexual abuse impacts children and their families.
  • Use interventions that are effective in helping children and families heal and recover.
  • Build communities that protect children from sexual abuse.
  • Raise awareness and educate the citizens of South Carolina about the problem.

Rush Russell

New Jersey’s Response to Child Sexual Abuse

As the executive director of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, Rush Russell discusses the need to adopt policies that protect children from sexual abuse. As New Jersey has begun to address the issue head-on, Russell emphasizes the importance of bringing child sexual abuse out of society’s shadows and treating it as a serious public health crisis in communities across the nation. He also addresses how organizations serving youth groups, including sports, arts, mentoring, tutoring or faith-based programs, can take steps to better protect the young in their care.

Janet Rosenzweig

Understanding Healthy Sexual Development

The vice president for research and programs for Prevent Child Abuse America, Rosenzweig, who holds a doctorate in social work, discusses how parents can learn easy and effective ways to protect their children and make their communities safer. The educator and author, who wrote the book, “The Parent’s Guide to Talking About Sex,” gives practical advice to parents by identifying their challenges and offering solutions. Rosenzweig tells parents how to build trust and communication with their children and keep them safe from abuse, trauma and bullying through daily involvement in their lives.

Libby Spears

Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

A filmmaker and the founder of the Nest Foundation, which has a mission to advance the movement to end all forms of child sexual exploitation, Libby Spears directed the documentary “PLAYGROUND: The Child Sex Trade in America.” She discusses the importance of working with communities around the country to stop the epidemic of sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. Understanding that education leads to prevention, she talks about the high school curriculum that she has developed. It empowers children with the skills and resources necessary to protect themselves online and in real life while recognizing the signs of exploitation.


Available training for professionals

Children’s Trust staff trainers are delivering Darkness to Light training throughout South Carolina. Trainers are also available to deliver custom workshops in your community. Contact Birley Wright, prevention training manager, to learn more. 

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training

The Stewards of Children program is the only nationally available program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors around preventing child sexual abuse. This revolutionary program is appropriate for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children. It is also appropriate for youth-serving organizations, including sports leagues, day care centers, after school programs, children’s clubs, church groups and more.

Darkness to Light: Prevent Now

To build community awareness on preventing child sexual abuse, participants will learn how to use the Prevent Now! Community Awareness Meeting, how to cultivate giving, training opportunities, and get more people involved in the child sexual abuse prevention initiative. Strategies for successful initiatives including who should get involved and how to get them involved.


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