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Children Playing in Snow
Child Sexual Abuse
Prevention Programs

Child sexual abuse prevention must assist educators in identifying signs of abuse and predatory behavior and promote disclosure with appropriate response and reporting; and assist children in setting boundaries, learning about safe/unsafe touch, consent, grooming behaviors of predators, safe modes of disclosure, and other related topics.


Programs designed to prevent child sexual abuse, may also implement social-emotional learning, safeguard behavioral health, and address general safety, substance abuse, family conflict, and bullying/cyberbullying. Programs containing these elements may effectively prevent child sexual abuse.  There are shared risk factors for all types of violence, including child sexual abuse. To learn more about prevention, go to Appendix A.

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