Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
supervising children is the best way to prevent child sexual
abuse. Children who are not supervised well can become
emotionally vulnerable and, in turn, fall prey more easily to
sexual abusers offering affection, attention and friendship.
||You can prevent
child sexual abuse by becoming knowledgeable about the topic
and by reporting any good faith suspicions you may have to the
authorities. By becoming knowledgeable, you might be more
aware of potential sexual problems in others, including young
children and teenagers, or recognize inappropriate behavior by
adults. You also might want to join the efforts of Prevent
Child Abuse North Dakota in its organized efforts to prevent
child abuse and neglect. [Email
||The sexual abuse
of children must be stopped before it happens. Prevention
actions include encouraging the media to inform the public
about child sexual abuse, recognizing potential child
molesters early and directing them to appropriate services,
empowering parents to protect their children, and keeping
chronic, untreatable child molesters away from children
permanently. To truly prevent child abuse of any kind, we need
to create a society that respects children, protects them from
harm, and shows them how to treat others in a positive and
What can a community do to prevent and treat sexual abuse?
advocate for well-trained protective services and police staff
and training about cross-cultural perspectives on child sexual
abuse. In addition, most abused children will need treatment
to recover from the abuse. The community should invest in
mental health services for these children. Also, the community
should create public awareness campaigns about the causes and
consequences of child sexual abuse as well as the need to
report suspected incidents.
Facts about Child Sexual Abuse, Prevent Child Abuse America.
See also the Keeping
Your Child Safe section of this website.