Community-Based Program Archives

Archives of Community Based Prevention Partnerships in the United States

From 1995 to 2010, Stop It Now! worked with local organizations to create Stop It Now! sites.  These sites provided Stop It Now! with the ability to develop and test its prevention approach in a variety of communities and locations. 

Each Stop It Now! community-based program was sponsored by a local organization who raised independent funds, agreed to follow Stop It Now!’s guiding principles and created local multi-disciplinary advisory committees.  While all Stop It Now! programs followed the same principles, each also adapted their specific activities to their community. 

Evaluation has shown that the Stop It Now!'s multi-faceted approach has contributed to declining rates of child sexual abuse.  Read the lessons learned from community-based program stakeholders.

Stop It Now! messages of adult and community responsibility and its programming continue to be embedded in the work of these organizations.

Learn more about how Stop It Now! incorporates the learning from these community based programs through technical assistance, training and international partnerships.

Collaborating Organizations

Stop It Now! Vermont (1995-2000): Safer Society Foundation, Inc.
Stop It Now! Philadelphia (1999-2008): Joseph J. Peters Institute
Stop It Now! Minnesota (2000-2010): Project Pathfinder, Inc.
Stop It Now! Georgia (2003-2008): Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
Stop It Now! Virginia Helpline (2004-2009): Virginia Department of Health
Stop It Now! Massachusetts Helpline (2004-2006): MCSOM
Stop It Now! Wisconsin (2005-2007): Children’s Trust Fund and the Child Abuse Prevention Fund of Children’s Hospital and Health System
Stop It Now! Australia (2006): Phoenix House


Local Research

Each program was asked to conduct a randomized telephone survey to measure local community knowledge, attitudes, and actions taken related to child sexual abuse.  Survey results were used to adapt Stop It Now!’s overall approach specifically to the local program.  In many cases, these surveys were repeated after local programming was in place for the purposes of evaluating social marketing campaigns. For more information, see the 2010 Report "What Do US Adults Think about Child Sexual Abuse?"

In addition, local affiliates did other research.  Stop It Now! Minnesota conducted social marketing research with adults who were at risk to sexually abuse children and with family members where a child had been sexually abused by someone in the household.  This research was both used locally and shared with other sites for their use.  Programs in Vermont, Philadelphia and Georgia also conducted focus groups whose input was used to create marketing campaigns and review campaign materials.  Learn more about Stop It Now! research.

Professional Education & Technical Assistance

Programs provided extensive education and technical assistance to professionals working with children and families.  Many offered workshops and training for professionals including child care providers, educators, faith community leaders, sexual assault advocates, etc.  Workshops emphasized how individuals and organizations could take action and how to recognize and respond to concerning behaviors and situations before children were harmed.  Program staff also provided formal and informal technical assistance to individuals and organizations on topics including policies and practices to prevent child sexual abuse, topic expertise for family interventions, and how to talk about concerning behaviors. 

Public Education & Training

Stop It Now! community-based programs also provided training and information to individuals through distributing educational materials, using the media to educate community members about Stop It Now!’s prevention approach, and participating in and hosting relevant community meetings. 

Community Dialogues

Community Dialogues bring together a panel of people affected by childhood sexual abuse, including adults who were sexually abused as children, adults who sexually abused children (and have been through treatment and adjudication), and family members to share their stories and to engage in conversations with members of the audience.  Dialogues often provide individuals with a first-hand opportunity to think about child sexual abuse from several viewpoints. To learn more, see our newsletter article "Dialogue Project breaks New Ground."

Media Campaigns

Community-based programs also created and distributed advertising campaigns (including billboards, posters, radio ads, etc.)  Campaigns were based on local research and emphasized the need for adults to take preventive action to keep kids safe and introduced audiences to the 1.888.PREVENT Helpline.  Learn more from Marketing sexual abuse prevention by Peter Pollard in  Behavioral Healthcare, May, 2006, Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 8-9


Stop It Now! is committed to evaluating its public health approach.  In addition to process evaluation collected across the programs, several research reports have documented the results of our programs. 

  • Stop It Now! surveyed community-based program stakeholders to identify the successes and challenges of using the Stop It Now! approach to prevent child sexual abuse at the community level.  See our report:  Child Sexual Abuse Prevention:  Lessons Learned from Stop It Now!
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  • Vermont’s four year comprehensive evaluation of Stop It Now! which showed the program was successful in getting abusers to call for help and in increasing adults’ knowledge and discussion of child sexual abuse. See the Evalution of the Stop It Now! Vermont program, 2000.
  • Virginia Department of Health's evaluation of its media campaign showed positive impact on adults' attitudes about prevention.  See the VDH Evaluation Report 2007.
  • With support of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Stop It Now! Minnesota  and Stop It Now! Georgia worked with the University of Kansas Community Toolbox on a participatory research study to examine the effects of Stop It Now! program.
  • Stop It Now! Georgia's evaluation contributed to 5 years of declining sexual abuse incidence rates in the state.  Children's Bureau Express called the approach "Promising prevention for child sexual abuse" referencing "the greater effectiveness of a multifaceted approach to sexual abuse prevention, the initiative used tactics targeting not just children and parents, but community leaders and professionals in related fields such as child care, health care, mental health, and domestic violence. The study's authors identified several promising elements of the initiative that other States and communities may wish to consider when addressing sexual abuse."
  • Stop It Now! Minnesota's statewide intervention also showed that comprehensive statewide preventative efforts can lead to changes in the protective environment and associated improvement in key indicators of child sexual abuse.