Common Organization Misconceptions
Only People That We Know and Trust Are Allowed to Work With Our Children
90% of children are abused by someone that they know and trust. Perpetrators go out of their way to earn the trust of their peers, parents, and children. They are often the model employee or volunteer, perhaps even considered "the best." We cannot assume that someone's role in the community will make them a safe caretaker.
We Do Background Checks
We believe that a strong child protection program should include background checks for all employees and volunteers. Unfortunately, most children who are abused don’t tell. That means perpetrators could move from organization to organization without ever having an arrest that would show up on a background check. A background check is part of a child protection program, but it cannot be relied as the only method of keeping children safe.
We've Never Had an Issue
Don't wait until it's too late. Organizations without child protection policies and procedures are easy targets for potential abusers. Now is the time to put actions behind your intention of keeping the children you serve safe. The only way you can ensure your organization will always be abuse-free is to put preventative measures in place immediately.
That Couldn't Happen Here, We Would Know
The statistics show that most incidences of abuse go undetected. Most abusers get away with this horrific crime and most children never tell. Organizations that serve youth must be extra vigilant and armed with the tools and knowledge to detect signs of sexual abuse. Preventing child sexual abuse is not difficult nor expensive. The collective efforts of responsible adults can prevent child sexual abuse.
We Teach Our Children the Difference Between Right and Wrong
While it is very important to instill strong values and virtues in children, their safety ultimately lies in the hands of adults. Adults cannot expect children to protect themselves against unfamiliar, uncomfortable advances from older, stronger, trusted individuals. When a child is being abused, the lines between right and wrong are blurred. They have been manipulated, their lack of knowledge about their bodies, personal boundaries and sex exploited.