ADULTS COMING TOGETHER TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL ABUSE
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and youth-serving organizations across the country will work this month to raise awareness and understanding about a topic that needs more attention in more communities: child sexual abuse.
Statistics reveal that about 1 in 10 children in the United States will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Sadly, in more than 90 percent of reported cases, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts.
The YMCA of Greater Nashua, along with other YMCAs across the country, will sponsor Five Days of Action for Child Abuse Prevention from April 22-26. Five Days of Action focuses on preventing child sexual abuse by sharing tips on how adults can prevent child sexual abuse.
During April and all year long, we encourage adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making the Greater Nashua community a safer place for children. This year’s Five Days of Action theme is “Know. See. Respond.” When adults know how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent abuse, they foster a culture of child abuse prevention. Together, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and have important conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.
“Protecting children from sexual abuse must be the number one goal of every person who cares about the health and well-being of kids,” said Michael LaChance, YMCA of Greater Nashua CEO. “Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us.
The YMCA of Greater Nashua and the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, with support from YMCA of the USA, Darkness to Light, the Redwoods Group Foundation, and Praesidium have made materials available to help adults learn more about preventing child sexual abuse.
For more information about preventing child sexual abuse visit www.fivedaysofaction.org.
Our Y is fully committed to protecting youth from abuse in our community, and we are asking you to join us.
Please stop by one of our welcome centers during the Five Days of Action from April 22-26, or tune into our Facebook page to learn more about resources, training and opportunities to get involved with child-protection efforts.
As a community, we have an obligation to nurture our children and protect their only childhood. We must prevent child sexual abuse to live up to this obligation.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICS – PROVIDED BY DARKNESS TO LIGHT
One in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser.
Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members.
60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone.
False reports are rare. Research shows that only 4 to 8% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU BELIEVE A CHILD IS BEING ABUSED – PROVIDED BY DARKNESS TO LIGHT
You do not need to have proof that abuse is occurring to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means that you have witnessed maltreatment or boundary violations, either in the child or adult, or both. Or, you have received a disclosure from a child about abuse, neglect, or boundary violations towards them.
Child sexual abuse reports should be made to the police and/or state child protective services.
Contact the Darkness to Light Helpline at 866-FOR-LIGHT or text LIGHT to 741741 to have questions answered by trained counselors at no charge.
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