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New Booklet Explains the Sign of Child Sexual Abuse

6/7/2006:   Every year, 500,000 children are sexually abused in American homes and communities, meaning 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18, according to Stop It Now!, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent the perpetration of child sexual abuse.

Stop It Now! recently created a booklet, Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: Facts About Those Who Might Commit It to help parents, teachers, and others spot and report child sexual abuse. The eight-page publication contains definitions of sexual abuse and explains the process of community notification, as well as safety plans every family should develop to protect children.

Several checklists are also contained in the booklet to help adults detect abuse, including:
  • a list of touching and nontouching behaviors that constitute sexual abuse,
  • behavioral and physical warning signs that a child may have been sexually abused,
  • healthy sexual behaviors in children,
  • signs to watch for when adults are around children, and
  • warning signs for an adult with sexual behavior problems.

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