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.
The 5 Steps to Protecting Children™
The 5 Steps to Protecting Children™ is an introductory guide for the prevention of child sexual abuse. They outline core principles for preventing, recognizing, and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse and form the framework for our adult training program, Stewards of Children®.
Child sexual abuse prevention starts with knowledge and awareness of the problem. Darkness to Light has a wide array of award-winning training for adults looking to help prevent child sexual abuse and protect children.