Someone you care about may be acting in ways that worry or confuse you. The behaviors below may indicate a possible risk of sexual abuse to a child, but may also be a way for this adult to ask for help.
The Special Investigative Counsel, Louis Freeh, has released his report on the investigation into how Penn State University leaders handled matters related to child sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky. Their key finding of the investigation was:
"the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized."
As supporters of Stop It Now!, we imagine that like us, you have been following yesterday’s jury verdicts in both the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial and the Msgr. Lynn child endangerment trial. In both cases, individual men have been found guilty. Sandusky was found guilty for his actions. Lynn was found guilty for his inaction.
After years of working individually at the national level, Stop It Now! and Darkness to Light have joined forces to help advance the national movement to prevent child sexual abuse. Over the next three years, we will be working together on three goals:
From April to May 2011, over 40 professionals from Trinidad & Tobago gathered at the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago) for a research and practice training focused on preventing child sexual abuse.
April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our experience and research with adults consistently shows that adult action falls short of awareness and good intentions when it comes to preventing the sexual abuse of children. So join with us to start taking action this month to make April 2011 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention ACTION month!