This brief outlines the most promising local prevention strategies and policy changes to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in the first place.  The recommendations are designed to shift social and cultural norms that increase the likelihood of child sexual abuse and exploitation.Sample recommendations include:

  • Decrease the saturation of media messages aimed at children by reviewing and rolling back the legislation that allowed advertising to children especially in children’s television programming.
  • Develop a rapid response media network to respond to breaking news with proactive prevention messages that incorporate an environmental and norms-based understanding of the causes and solutions of abuse.
  • Require staff training in organizations that work with children and youth specifically focused on developmentally appropriate sexuality and sexual behavior.With support from the Ms. Foundation, this brief is based on findings from  a convening of national experts and local leaders, expert interviews, and a review of the literature.

Transforming Communities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: A Primary Prevention Approach

This directory brings together many of the currently available resources and initiatives related to child sexual abuse prevention, providing descriptions of organizations, programs, projects and a wide range of resources. It offers user-friendly icons to assist you in locating specific types of resources. This 264 page manual also features category indices, resource bibliographies, and highlights related research and key stakeholders. View the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention materials in the NSVRC Library.

This guide identifies six key components of child sexual abuse prevention for organizations.  It includes prevention goals and critical strategies for each component. Suggestions for addressing challenges and tools to help organizations get started are also provided.
 
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth Serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures

Through this report, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shares its experience inproviding medical care, counselling and other forms of support to thousandsof victims of sexual violence in many countries around the world. The report is partly born out of outrage about the inexcusable acts that these people have been subjected to and the damage inflicted upon their lives. It demonstrates why it is imperative to make immediate care available, and truly accessible, for those who have been sexually assaulted. MSF hopes that this report will inform and inspire health officials, aid workers and others who should be involved in providing such support.Shattered Lives: Immediate Medical Care Vital for Sexual Violence Victims 

This booklet by the MCASA's Sexual Assault Legal Insitute (SALI) gives basic information about how the legal system responds to allegations of child sexual abuse.  The booklet is divided into several chapters: emotional recovery, effects of child sexual abuse, who commits sexual abuse, disclosures of child sexual abuse, as well as other important chapters that provide important information for parents of children who have been sexually abused. This booklet is printed in English and Spanish.

Read Understanding the Legal System When Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused 

This technical assistance bulletin is intended to support counselors and advocates in providing quality counseling services to child sexual assault victims.  The bulletin includes an overview of counseling guidelines and developmentally appropriate interventions.
 

This technical assistance bulletin offers information for sexual assault counselors on taint issues with the child client. Avoiding Issues of Taint with the Child Client

This report from ECPAT International “is intended to provide a framework for promoting recognition and understanding of the real risks of violence for children and young people in cyberspace and through the use of new technologies, in particular the internet and mobile phones."
Violence Against Children in Cyberspace

This guide is designed to help you better understand the mandated reporter statute and to outline appropriate actions you should take if you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected.This guide includes information on:- The process for reporting suspected child maltreatment- The partnership with law enforcement, child protection and licensing agencies- Conditions of neglect and abuse that should be reported- Some behaviors and characteristics of children and families who may need help- Relevant state statutes.Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: A Resource Guide for Mandated Reporters

This report published by the Justice Policy Institute explores the negative impact that state compliance with the Adam Walsh Act will have on youth, communities, and states. Registering Harm: How Sex Offense Registries Fail Youth Communities

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