Tuesday, April 13, 2010

7 steps to protecting our children: recap

in case you missed the 7 steps (taken from darkness2light.org), here is a quick recap for you.

see the complete booklet here

Step 1. Learn the facts. Understand the risks.
Realities – not trust – should influence your decisions regarding children.

Step 2. Minimize opportunity.

If you eliminate or reduce one-adult/one-child situations, you’ll dramatically lower the risk of sexual abuse for children.

Step 3. Talk about it.
Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it.

Step 4. Stay alert.
Don’t expect obvious signs when a child is being sexually abused.

Step 5. Make a plan.
Learn where to go, whom to call and how to react.

Step 6. Act on suspicions.

The future well-being of a child is at stake.

Step 7. Get involved.

Volunteer and financially support organizations that fight the tragedy of child sexual abuse.

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