Seven steps to protect children

Step 1. Learn the facts. Understand the risks.

Realities — not trusts — 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 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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