What You Can Do to Help End Child Sexual Abuse

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  • Step One: Learn the Facts. One in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • Step Two: Minimize Opportunity. More than 80 percent of sexual abuse cases occur in isolated, one-on-one situations.
  • Step Three: Talk About It. Bring child sexual abuse out of the dark by talking about it with adults and by talking openly with children about body safety and boundaries.
  • Step Four: Recognize the Signs. Often the signs are emotional or behavioral, not physical.
  • Step Five: React Responsibly. Learn how to offer support to a child who discloses abuse and report suspicion or discovery of sexual abuse immediately.
  • What would you say to encourage people to speak up if they suspect child sexual abuse?
  • What should organizations like Safe Shores say to inspire every adult to act to protect every child?

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Michele Booth Cole, J.D. is the Executive Director of Safe Shores — The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center in Washington, DC.

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Michele Booth Cole

Michele Booth Cole

Michele Booth Cole, J.D. is the Executive Director of Safe Shores — The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center in Washington, DC.

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