This report provides an overview of results from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Two important findings are that "adverse childhood experiences are vastly more common than recognized or acknowledged and have a powerful relation to adult health a half-century later."
The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Adult Health: Turning Gold Into Lead

The 2012 Spring/Summer edition of The Resource is completely redesigned and contains articles about Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky case, preventing child sexual abuse, viewpoints on SlutWalks, healthy sexuality campaigns, media reports of sexual violence, report on prostitution and trafficking of Native Women, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the upcoming National Sexual Assault Conference in Chicago.  This issue also includes an article written by Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez about leadership among Latin@s in the sexual violence prevention movement in Spanish.  Read the English translation.  

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

There is hopeful evidence that rates of child sexual abuse, as well as other forms of child maltreatment, are declining. However, there is equally concerning evidence that the actual rates of child sexual abuse may not be fully known because of significant barriers victims and community leaders face in reporting crimes. The following talking points provide information on definitions and rates of child sexual abuse.

This booklet 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.
Understanding the Legal System When Your Child Has Been Sexually Assaulted

This Applied Research paper reviews both international and U.S.-based policy efforts to promote sexual abuse prevention and offers considerations for policy development in communities and organizations.

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Listen to a podcast interview with Alisa Klein

This edition of the VAWnet E-newsletter highlights new documents on VAWnet with useful information related to children and youth. New materials addressing systems advocacy, research, services, risk assessment, prevention and cultural intersections are featured.
VAWnet E-Newsletter: Focus on the Impact of Domestic and Sexual Violence on Children

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 is a guide for parents on what to do and how to respond if your child has been exploited through the internet. It offers information about warning signs as well as tips on how to prevent this from happening to your child.
What to Do If Your Child Is Being Sexually Exploited on the Internet

This report documents how hundreds of thousands of girls in Indonesia, some as young as 11, are employed as domestic workers in other people’s households, performing tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and child care. Most girls interviewed for the report worked 14 to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, with no day off. Almost all are grossly underpaid, and some get no salary at all. In the worst cases, girls reported being physically, psychologically, and sexually abused.
Workers in the Shadows: Abuse and Exploitation of Child Domestic Workers in Indonesia

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