Prevention steps can be taken at any time – before there is a concern that a child is being sexually abused to re-establishing safety to prevent further abuse. By becoming educated about child sex abuse, you are already becoming a proactive and protective adult.
Trust your gut. You may be the only one who can take action.
Studies show that in as many as nine out of 10 cases, kids don’t tell anyone when they are being sexually abused. It’s up to adults to recognize behaviors that make kids vulnerable to sexual abuse. If something makes you uncomfortable, speak up. Your voice is the first line of defense in keeping kids safe. Talk to family members and other adults about safeguarding children.
A "warning sign" is really just another way of saying an "opportunity for prevention" – a chance for caring adults to recognize possible risk and to take action to protect children. And remember- the most effective prevention takes place before there’s a child victim to heal or an offender to punish.
Everyone can take steps to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Our prevention tip sheets can help you take action to keep children and youth safe, whether it's making a family safety plan, finding a safe school or camp, or safety on the internet.
- Create A Family Safety Plan
- Everyday Actions To Keep Kids Safe
- Talking to Children and Teens
- Keeping Adults And Children Safe Online
- Unique Role of Grandparents
- Age-Appropriate Sexual Behavior
- Warning Signs in Children of Possible Abuse
- Signs An Adult Is At-Risk To Harm A Child
- Signs A Child Is At-Risk to Harm Another Child
- Behaviors To Watch Out For When Adults Are With Children
- Keep A Journal Of Warning Signs
- Warning Signs a Young Person May Be a Target of Online Abuse
- Create A Family Safety Plan
- How To Talk To Your Child To Reduce Vulnerability To Sexual Abuse
- How To Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse In A Program Setting
- Behaviors To Watch Out For When Adults Are With Children & Signs That A Child Or Teen Might Be At-Risk To Harm A Child
- Prevention for Faith-Based Communities
- Questions Parents Should Ask About School Policies
- Safety In Daycare
- Safety In Sports
- Safety Planning For Summer
- A Summer of Happy Memories: Camp Safety
- Twelve Questions About Your Own Behavior
- Concerned About A Sex Offender In The Neighborhood
- Talking To Parents About Their Child's Sexual Behaviors
Tip Sheets in Spanish
Stop It Now! Guidebooks provide the facts and information you need so you can stop being afraid and take actions to keep kids safe.
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A clear, newly expanded 22-page primer on child sexual abuse, offering practical steps adults can take to prevent it—before it starts.
A practical 14 page guide to one of Stop It Now!’s core principles for protecting children: adults talking honestly with other adults.
Our expanded and updated 18-page guidebook that offers a clear, positive discussion about actions adults can take to prevent harmful sexual interactions between children.
Algo estaba pasando en MI propio hogar, y yo no me habia dado cuenta antes (Something was going on in my own home and I didn't realize it.)
This Spanish-language brochure, written in mini novella format, includes lists of warning sign behaviors and informs readers that help is available for people who sexually abuse children.
The primary prevention steps are based on the following:
- Learn the facts about sex abuse
- Become educated about healthy sexual development
- Find allies and resources
- Be willing to speak up