Educators Need Prevention Training
The Role of Educators
Educators may be the single most important group in the prevention and recognition of child sexual abuse. Not only do they interact with large numbers of children and their parents, but children who disclose abuse often tell their teacher, guidance counselor, or other trusted school employee.
School personnel are the source of over 50% of abuse reports made by professionals to authorities.
Despite this, only about one-third of educators receive child sexual abuse training, either as part of their teacher training coursework or through continuing education. In fact, 24% of teachers report that they have never received instruction, either oral or written, on their state’s mandated reporting process.
"I have never had any training in child sexual abuse prevention. This whole program was very
eye opening. I know what to look for and
how to try and help the child. I can make a
difference and save someone if
I feel a situation is not ok." - Educator
The Need for Training
A survey of educators taking Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® training in 2012 clearly demonstrate the importance of educator training. Prior to training, only 72% of educators felt they were adequately prepared to address the child sexual abuse issues they might face in the classroom. There was a 31% improvement in knowledge and attitudes as a result of the training. Specific highlights include:
"Everyone needs this training! I truly believe that many lives can be saved
through this education and informational curriculum. I wish that I
had experienced it sooner." - Educator
By anyone’s standard, child sexual abuse is a major factor in academic achievement. If this abuse were prevented, would we see increases in overall academic performance?
Simple logic tells us that we would.
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