Promoting Healthy Relationships and Sexuality Education for Children
The “Six Pillars of Prevention” is a framework for the prevention of child sexual abuse. Understanding that no one policy can combat the full scope of child sexual abuse and exploitation, the Prevention Coalition has identified these six areas, or Pillars, in which new and improved policies can have the most impact. The Six Pillars are:
1. Strengthen Youth Serving Organizations’ (YSOs) sexual abuse and exploitation prevention capacity,
2. Support the healthy development of children,
3. Promote healthy relationships and sexuality education for children and youth,
4. End the demand for children as sexual commodities,
5. Have sustainable funds for prevention, and
6. Prevent initial perpetration of child sexual abuse and exploitation.
In September and October 2018, the Prevention Coalition will examine Pillar Three, Promoting Healthy Relationships and Sexuality Education for Children. The Prevention Coalition will use social media – tweets, blogs, and emails – to bring the message of Pillar Three to Prevention Coalition members, youth-serving professionals, parents, and the public.
The World Childhood Foundation is leading this effort. This is fitting because the World Childhood Foundation works to support the development of solutions to prevent and address violence, defend children’s rights, and promote better living conditions for children. The World Childhood Foundation has supported over 1,000 projects in 25 countries and served over 71,000 clients in the U.S. alone during 2016-2017.
Other Prevention Coalition members will provide content to promote this Pillar. Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA, is Executive Director of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and consults to promote sexual health and safety for families, communities, schools, and organizations. She is the author of The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids About Sex, Abuse, and Bullying. The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy coordinates a state-wide initiative to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation. They are providing a great deal of first-hand experience with healthy development and sexuality education.
By promoting the Six Pillars, the Prevention Coalition hopes to start a dialogue that will lead to meaningful policy changes that improve the safety of children and families everywhere.