By David Lee on January 10, 2013 · tagged as , ,

Building a Movement to End Child Sexual Abuse

Standard_Building_Blocks_4Ending child sexual abuse cannot be done solely by cleverly worded brochures, sophisticated social media campaigns, or dynamic classroom presentations.  We need to have a robust social movement of people from all walks of life working to create changes in our society, creating policies to promote safety and prevention efforts to ensure child sexual abuse will not happen in the first place.

Ms. Foundation for Women sponsored the 2012 Web Conference Series on Ending Child Sexual Abuse.

Ms. Foundation for Women sponsored the 2012 Web Conference Series on Ending Child Sexual Abuse.

Last year PreventConnect  was pleased to collaborate with the Ms Foundation for Women to sponsor a series of web conferences on ending child sexual abuse. Over the course of the year, Cordelia Anderson and Joan Tabachnick hosted web conferences that served as an online gathering place for thousands of people to share their insights into what it takes to build a movement to end child sexual abuse.

From this series, I learned about how the arts, healthy sexuality, youth serving organizations and the media can play a role in preventing child sexual abuse. I was inspired by speakers who described their “soap box” moments to spark change, by survivors who envision a world without child sexual abuse, and by the tenacity of policy advocates who seek social change.

Most importantly, I recognized the collective power of all of the advocates, survivors, prevention practitioners, therapists, sex offender management professionals, educators, artists, and others, to create change.  Ending child sexual abuse is an ambitious goal, but together we will make a difference.

While I know a web conference series is not enough to build the changes we need to see, the series provides a strong foundation for the work.  Recordings and materials from all of the web conferences are available.  I encourage you to check them out:

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David Lee

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Eduard Badalov January 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm

It’s a great way to fight sexual abuse of under age and children’s while growing up I have encountered it from very young age and the predators are still on line in chat room – the best solution for this wake up alarm call for the nasty lonely guys who doing that is contribute to a campaign in the social and public Internet web site in form as a news updates of praetors and missing kids – a dedicated place to get much more attention from the public the best place to start the news bar such as that or media steam to news sites will be you tube or just a news portal – Facebook is to privet to get around with ads


Eduard Badalov January 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Lots of spelling mistakes I’m sorry in general I mean more awareness to the problem and revealing true face of today’s predators and victims on daily basis update with a large social media – you tube or news site


Anita Breen May 20, 2013 at 12:50 am

It’s devastating to experience such kind of abuse and the victims are likely to develop mental trauma that could affect their personality and behavior towards their environment. I support such kind of movement that will protect the rights of child and women against abusers. Raising awareness is a great start I guess.


Eduard Badalov May 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

If you go online at any chat room it’s 40 % of men are predators , i faked my name and made up a girl nick name I been approached with 20 to 40 year old guys and asked for sex when I said I was 15 year old girl , it’s really bad ! The chat rooms should be cleared and the Internet should be safe


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