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By on March 19, 2015

Policy in practice: Tools for preventing child sexual abuse

Six Pillarts of Prevention - the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation - we need stronger prevention policiesHave you ever been a part of an event that left you feeling motivated and energized? Did that event involve the discussion of the Six Pillars of Prevention? If yes, you were probably on Pillars of Policy for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Discussion (Ha!). In all seriousness, aside from referring to myself as a policy nerd, in my career I have come to realize the importance of practitioners having an active role in the creation, review, and implementation of policy. As our presenters, Joan Tabachnick, Cordelia Anderson, and Karen Baker reiterated several times, policy’s purpose should be to enhance the work we provide to our communities rather than hinder it. This may seem hard, it may seem insurmountable, but it is something we in the field of child sexual abuse prevention can obtain. After all, we have been excellent strategists when it comes to negotiating our prevention messages, therefore we have the skill to impact policy at both the micro and macro level.

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