One way to help prevent child abuse is to become aware of signs of abuse. Darkness to Light is a program we use to help teach and educate adults. Visit www.d2l.org for more information or call us and schedule a training.
The 5 Steps Foundation
Personal empowerment helps provide adults with the capacity and momentum to take action against child sexual abuse. With personal empowerment, we can make choices, take risks, and support each other - the foundation of The 5 Steps.
We have the ability - both in our organizations and in our families - to make proactive choices that protect children and keep them safe from sexual abuse. If we want our children to be happy and healthy, we have to make choices which support that goal.
Choices often involve some personal risk that takes us outside our comfort zones - like talking to children about sexual boundaries, redirecting an adult who's crossing boundaries, or making an actual report. Sometimes we have to take risks, even if we are uncertain or don't know the outcome, to make sure a child is protected.
When children take their first steps, ride their first bikes, or climb into the driver's seat for the first time, there is usually someone beside them providing guidance and support. It's easier to take big steps when you know you have someone on your side, ready to lend a hand if you need it. As communities, as organizations, and as individuals, we can give support to others' efforts to prevent child sexual abuse, and we can ask for support when we need it.
Child sexual abuse is a very complex problem, and these steps touch on only a small part of it. For a more in-depth understanding of child sexual abuse prevention, take Stewards of Children training.The information we provide is not a substitute for the advice of professionals. It is only to give you simple, proactive steps to help protect children.