Adults Coming Together To Protect Children From Sexual Abuse
Cleveland is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month with Five Days of Action, April 22 through 26. Leading up to Healthy Kids Day — a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids — Five Days of Action focuses on preventing child sexual abuse by sharing tips on how adults can prevent child sexual abuse.
During April and all year long, the Cleveland Family YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making Cleveland a safer place for children. This year’s Five Days of Action theme is “Know. See. Respond."
When adults know how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent abuse, they foster a culture of child abuse prevention. Together, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and have important conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.
“Protecting children from sexual abuse must be the number one goal of every person who cares about the health and well-being of kids,” said Rodney Murray, associate executive director of the Cleveland Y. “Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us.”
The Cleveland Family YMCA and the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, with support from YMCA of the USE, Darkness to Light, the Redwoods Group Foundation, and Praesidium have made materials available to help adults learn more about preventing child sexual abuse.
For more information about preventing child sexual abuse, visit www.fivedaysofaction.org.
Child sexual abuse statistics (from the Darkness to Light organization):
· One in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday
· 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser
· Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members
· 60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone
· False reports are rare. Research shows only 4 to 8% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated.
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