Recognize, React, ReportA Community Resource for Protecting Children and Preventing Child Abuse.
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Many times people witness child abuse and neglect and do not understand their responsibility in reacting to the incident or making a report. Also, children themselves have a difficult time expressing concerns or understanding abuse. CAS spent over a year developing a new resource for children and parents to learn their roles in recognizing, reacting, and reporting child abuse. This resource was designed to be interactive and "child friendly", but demonstrate that it is everyone's right and responsibility to report child abuse. It contains activities, tools, and the 7 Steps to Protecting our Children. This is a great piece to use when discussing these issues with your own children.
5 Steps to Protecting our Children
Darkness to Light Stewards of Children has developed the 5 Steps to Protecting our Children. This is a guide to help adults be responsible in preventing, recognizing, and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse. It gives simple, proactive steps to help protect children.
A child's safety is an adult's job. Children are often taught how to keep themselves safe from sexual abuse - and that's important for them to learn - but it's no substitute for adult responsibility. We make sure children wear seat belts. We walk them across busy streets. We store toxic household cleaners out of reach. Why, then, would we leave the job of preventing child sexual abuse solely to children?
Imagine how difficult it is for a child to say "no" to a parent, a teacher, a coach, or clergy.
Even the adults we trust to protect children can't always be trusted. Coaches, teachers, clergy, and parents are authority figures children feel they can trust. Yet, a large percentage of those who sexually abuse children are from this group. These are adults who have the opportunity to "groom" children with affection and attention, making it difficult for children to identify certain behaviors as abuse. And they know that children have been taught to "mind" them. This is why programs that focus on adult responsibility are essential. (www.darkness2light.org)
Adult InformationThe guide also contains information for adults that can help them talk to children about recognizing and preventing child abuse and neglect in the community. It offers topics that you can talk about with your children while working on the activity section together. The guide also gives you facts about reporting child abuse. It is everyone's right and responsibility to report child abuse. Tips are included to help know what information should be provided when reporting child abuse and neglect. Any information that you can provide can be helpful to a child's safety.
You can't afford to ignore sexual abuse. Protect their only childhood. The activities in Recognize, Report, React will help you to talk to children about the different types of abuse. It also gives you the opportunity to discuss who the child can talk to that they trust.