Preventing child sexual abuse is possible. While about one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused before the age of 17, many organizations and activists are engaged in efforts to end child sexual abuse. Together, these people are part of a movement to create changes in our society, advance policies to promote safety and conduct prevention efforts to ensure child sexual abuse will not happen in the first place.
PreventConnect is partnering with the Ms. Foundation for Women to continue its online community to support this movement to end child sexual abuse. Last year, thousands of people joined online activities to end child sexual abuse. Through its upcoming web conference series, participants will hear from innovators in the movement and connect with other activists committed to ending child sexual abuse. Through conversation, we hope to encourage everyone to share how each one of us has moved towards individual and collective action.
The 2013-2014 web conference series will be hosted by PreventConnect’s Leona Smith-DiFaustino and leading child sexual abuse prevention experts Cordelia Anderson and Joan Tabachnick. The topics for the upcoming web conferences will be:
- Faith Communities Engaged in Ending Child Sexual Abuse (July 18, 2013) Click here for materials from this web conference.
- Secret Survivor’s Tools for Strengthening your Prevention Efforts (September 17, 2013) Click here for materials from this web conference.
- Power of Organizational Practices: Innovations to Keep Kids Safer (October 15, 2013) Click here for materials from this web conference.
- Statute of Limitations and its Connection to Prevention (November 14, 2013) Click here for materials from this web conference.
- Child Sexual Abuse and Disabilities (January 16, 2014) Click here for materials from this web conference.
- Telling our Stories: Learning as we Build a Movement to end Child Sexual Abuse (March 13, 2014) Click here for materials from this web conference..
PreventConnect, a national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), is an online community of people committed to advancing prevention of sexual violence and domestic violence. Since 2005, thousands of people from rape crisis centers, battered women’s shelters, child abuse prevention programs, public health departments, education, community organizations and other activists have participated in PreventConnect’s online activities. In 2012, PreventConnect began a partnership with Ms. Foundation for Women to develop online events and resources to focus on building a movement to end child sexual abuse. Recordings and materials from the 2012 Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Conferences can be found here.
- Including Child Sexual Abuse in the Sexual Violence Prevention Movement
- Using Media to End Child Sexual Abuse
- Preventing the Perpetration of Child Sexual Abuse
- Voices of Experience: the role of direct experiences in social change
- Healthy Sexuality and Caring Connections: Foundations for Prevention
- The Role of Arts in Ending Child Sexual Abuse
- Depictions of children in media and pornography: Implications for prevention
- After Sandusky: What we have learned to prevent child sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations
- Policy changes that help and hinder our ability to end child sexual abuse
Registration for each web conference opens three weeks in advance at http://www.preventconnect.org/category/end-child-sexual-abuse/ .
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