A Brief History since 2005
In February 2005, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) initiated a review of its internal prevention work. Prevention Consultant Cordelia Anderson agreed to take a leave of absence as a NCMEC Board member for a short-term consultancy to examine NCMEC’s prevention strategic planning and to develop a top-level prevention advisory group.
It became clear that what was needed was an independent National Coalition.The Advisory Committee to NCMEC ceased and became the National Coalition to Prevent Child Exploitation, now known as the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.
From 2006 – 2008, the National Prevention Coalition succeeded in creating:
National Prevention Plan:While many organizations had plans for prevention for their organizations, there wasn’t a collective National Plan. So the Coalition developed a National Plan to Prevent Sexual Exploitation of Children. The plan is general and the goal is for it to become a strategic plan. At this point the purpose of the plan is “to keep prevention in the front of peoples’ minds and hearts in such a powerful way that the normalization of such abuse and exploitation for individual or commercial gain becomes socially, economically, politically, and spiritually unacceptable in our nation and the world.”The National Plan lists six key action areas to promote prevention.
A key strategy to advance the plan was the idea for a National Summit to gather a broad range of policy and industry leaders together with leaders in prevention and related fields. A National model was created.The idea was to build a movement, develop more champions and get prevention firmly on more agendas. State Summits were to follow the National Summit but despite significant effort, the National Summit was unable to come to pass. A Minnesota Summit was held in December 2009 and brought together 200 individuals from policy, business, media, and faith along with representation from two Senators, and five MN State Departments to discuss all participants’ roles in prevention and identify actions.
The Coalition strives to advance prevention through the goals of the National Plan. Committee work now reflects each of those areas and continues to focus will be on policy and public awareness effort.
A movement continues to build around prevention efforts. Other organizations and individuals have expressed interest in joining the Coalition and in 2013 new ways for others interested in being engaged in the Coalition will be announced.
2017 Steering Committee
National Coalition President: Catherine Townsend
Past President: Les Nichols
Vice-President: Julie Novak
Treasurer: Teresa Rafael
Policies and Organizational Practices: Communication/Public Awareness: Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis, Julie Patrick
Membership: Co-Chairs: Janet Rosenzweig & Keith Kaufman
“As a coalition, we gather to end child sexual abuse and exploitation; to make it unthinkable to hurt a child. Our work is to educate and inspire both public and private entities to be dedicated to this cultural change… one child, one family, one school, one community, one media outlet, one retail empire and one financial institution at a time.” - Linda Johnson, Prevent Child Abuse VT