Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
An estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be victims of childhood sexual abuse — before the age of 18. The trauma of child sexual abuse severely impacts a child's mental and physical development. Although the media often focuses on punishment for sexual offenders, it is important to learn how we as parents, relatives, and community members can prevent sexual abuse from happening in the first place.
The 2011 Iowa Legislature established a task force of legislators and professionals, which met the last half of 2011 to develop a plan to prevent child sexual abuse in Iowa. The group discussed improvements to be made in laws and school policies to protect children, and submitted the final report for review by legislators. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa was chosen to the lead the broad-based group of experts in child sexual abuse and prevention.
What Can I Do to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse?
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