Although it’s a topic that makes many people uncomfortable, it’s crucial to talk candidly about preventing sexual abuse to protect vulnerable children.
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Preventing sexual abuse for children is a topic that makes many people uncomfortable. But it’s even more crucial for us to talk about it plainly when we are dealing with children who don’t have parents and families to help protect them from this catastrophe.
I’m going to suggest in this short video that you think about three areas:
The first thing that we have to do is break down the denial of the adults who are working in your institution. Again, adults don’t like to talk about this topic but they’re also very misinformed.
The second thing I suggest to people is that you have to make a big effort to educate people about the actual facts and the common incidence of sexual abuse of children. So putting education into your staff, your volunteer training, your training manuals, etc. on this topic is imperative.
The third area that you can address is literally to put some prevention guidelines in. For example: No person is ever alone with a child. Volunteers are not alone in sleeping areas where children are, adults use separate bathroom facilities when possible from children.
There are some very practical guidelines that you can put in place that will help prevent the access that sexual predators have to the children in our care.