Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Child sexual abuse is a public health epidemic in America.
It's the most under-reported crime and the number one public health concern facing children in the US. Child sexual abuse knows no geographic, gender, economic, or racial boundaries.
BUT there are things people in every community in Tennessee can do to help protect children. If you are an adult, you can help protect children by Educating yourself, Responding Appropriately, & Taking Action.
- Educate Yourself
- Child sexual abuse happens in every community.
- 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually abused by age 18.
- 95% of the time the perpetrator is someone known and trusted by the family.
- There are often no outward signs of sexual abuse which is why it is so important to have conversations with the children in your life about their body.
- Respond Appropriately
- Learn the signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse.
- Learn how to respond if a child comes to you for help.
- Sign up for “Stewards of Children” training to learn more about preventing child sexual abuse.
- Take Action
- Hold schools, churches, sports leagues and daycares accountable by asking them about their policies to keep children safe.
- Be a safe adult. Teach children to come to you for help if anyone makes them feel scared, confused or icky.
- In Tennessee, anyone who is concerned about the welfare of a child is required to report their concerns by calling 1-877-237-0004.
If we want to build strong brains in Tennessee, we have to be proactive about taking action to prevent child sexual abuse. It’s never too late to report and to start the healing process for a survivor.
For information and resources about child sexual abuse, please visit the following website: https://whatifitoldyou.com/
To view the number of child sexual abuse allegations in your county from January through June 2018, please review the Tennessee’s Joint Task Force on Children’s Justice and Child Sexual Abuse 2019 Child Sex Abuse Plan here.