Impact and Successes

Read our 2012 Program Highlights

Impact and Accomplishments

Stop It Now! has made significant and permanent contributions to the fields of public health, child abuse prevention, and crime prevention. These include:

Sparking Innovation

We are breaking ground by helping survivors, recovering sex offenders, and families of both to step forward, join bystanders - and work together to break cycles of abuse.

  • Developed, piloted and evaluated a community-based program approach in Vermont, demonstrating that some potential abusers will stop, seek help and be accountable.
  • This prevention strategy was successfully adapted by independent Now! programs in Minnesota, the UK and Ireland. Other independent Now! initiatives in the US and abroad launched with materials, strategic guidance, and technical support from Stop It Now!.
  • Evaluation of the Stop It Now! Georgia and Stop It Now! Minnesota programs show greater effectiveness of a multifaceted approach to sexual abuse prevention.

Changing Policy 

We are making lasting contributions to child abuse prevention by engaging with policy makers, professionals and community leaders.

  • “Adult responsibility” for preventing child sexual abuse has gained broad acceptance.
  • As part of its collaboration with Stop It Now!, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes child sexual abuse as a preventable public health problem and it is one of the top three priority child maltreatment issues in the agency.
  • A CDC competitive call for pilot project proposals was designed around the Stop It Now! approach, and two of the three grantees utilized the Stop It Now! community-based program model.

Serving Children and Families 

We provides prevention information and tools to thousands of adults, families and communities every month.

  • Our Helpline is the first and only free, confidential, toll-free phone and email service specializing in preventing child sexual abuse and offering help to any adult with questions and concerns. We have recently added an interactive, self-guided tool (Online Help Center) and a new advice column (Ask Now!)
  • The second iteration of our website ( offers all we’ve learned about preventing child sexual abuse – and increases two-way dialogue and action. Relaunched in 2009,  receives over 70,000 visitors monthly or nearly a million visitors a year.

Publications About Stop It Now!

Schober, D.J., S. B. Fawcett, S. Thigpen, A. Curtis, and R. Wright,  "An Empirical Case Study of a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative in Georgia," Health Education Journal, January 18, 2012.

Deborah Donovan Rice, James A. H. Hafner and Peter Pollard, "Evidence-based prevention programs: Stop It Now!," in K.L. Kaufman (ed.), The Prevention of Sexual Violence: A Practitioner’s Sourcebook. NEARI Press, 2010.

Schober, Daniel J. and Stephen B. Fawcett, Ph.D., Jerry A. Schultz, Ph.D., Yvonne Cournoyer, Renee Wright, Collaborative Efforts to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Minnesota: An Empirical Case Study (poster), APA Summit on Violence and Abuse in Relationships, Bethesda MD, Feb. 28-29 2008

Davis, Rachel,  Lisa Fujie Parks, & Larry Cohen. Sexual Violence and the Spectrum of Prevention, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2006.

CDCynergy Violence Prevention Edition, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005.

Coffman, Julia, Lessons in Evaluating Communications Campaigns: Five Case Studies (PDF),Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2003.