Adult education is key to preventing child sexual abuse.

Why adult education? 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. When abuse is defined simply as a power dynamic in which a more powerful person forces themselves upon a less powerful person, educating children alone to protect themselves is insufficient. The burden of prevention and protection must sit squarely on the shoulders of adults who are legally and morally responsible for the health and safety of children.

The framework for Darkness to Light’s educational model is the 5 Steps to Protecting Children™. Our prevention trainings, community advocacy, and communications strategy are all based upon the principles taught in these steps. Take a look at some of the many ways to get involved in child protection below.