7 Steps to Protecting Our Children Summary

Step 1: Learn the Facts and Understand the Risks

  • IT IS HIGHLY likely that you know a child who has been or is being abused.
  • CONSEQUENCES to children and to our society begin immediately.

Step 2: Minimize Opportunity

  • If You Eliminate or Reduce One-Adult/One-Child Situations, You'll Dramatically Lower the Risk of Sexual Abuse for Children.
  • CREATE AND LOBBY FOR POLICIES reducing or eliminating one-adult/one-child situations
  • There are things you can do to protect children when you want them to have time alone with another adult.

Step 3: Talk About It

  • Children Often Keep Abuse a Secret, but Barriers Can Be Broken Down by Talking Openly About It
  • Talk to Other Adults About Child Sexual Abuse

Step 4: Stay Alert

  • Learn the Physical and Emotional Signs of Abuse

Step 5: Make a Plan

  • Learn Where to Go, Whom to Call, and How to React

Step 6: Act on Suspicions

  • Suspicions are scary, but trust your instincts. Have the courage to report the suspected abuse.

Step 7: Get Involved

  • Find organizations in your community and donate your time or resources.
  • Use your voice and your vote.