We can’t take away all the risks that children face. We can give them the skills to feel safe. Prevention education is not only about decreasing the incidence of sexual abuse, it is also intervening when abuse has or is occurring.
In 2013, ASTOP’s goal was to collaborate and transfer our professional knowledge, skills and materials to parents, teachers, administrators, communities, adolescents, and children. It also included the understanding that there needs to be “0” tolerance when it comes to sexual violence and that adults are responsible for the protection of children. As a result, 411 presentations were held and almost 8,000 participants received information on sexual violence, protective behaviors, and how to play a role in ending the perpetration (quite an increase from 5,000 in 2006).
At all levels of education, 98% of the students could identify two to three of their “early warning signs” and name at least one person on their personal network. In 2013 there were 539 participants in attendance who disclosed sexual abuse (this is a 40% increase in disclosures since 2011). Of that number, 117 were children.
Since August 1991, ASTOP has taught prevention education to over 74,395 children, adolescents, adults and professionals using the Protective Behaviors curriculum.
If you would like to schedule a presentation at your school or community organization, or have questions about how you can help prevent sexual violence, please contact us.