The Coalition was formed as a means for coordination and collaboration among a wide variety of organizations and individuals committed to prevention.
The purpose of the National 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. Each of us has a sphere of influence that can be leveraged to advance prevention!
Mobilize for Action
The National Plan lists six key action areas to promote prevention:
Speak with a unified voice
The Coalition remains committed to prevention and working together as like-minded leaders with a unified voice in the field to advance our work collectively. The Coalition believes in the following values:
We believe the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation is possible and is fundamental to protecting children from experiencing physical, psychological and spiritual trauma. We advance a comprehensive definition of “prevention” that includes stopping abuses before they happen and promoting intervention to prevent the reoccurrence of abuse and exploitation. Prevention includes stopping abuse in physical and digital environments, promoting healthy child development and protective factors to minimize the risk of victimization, and early interventions with those who may be at risk of perpetrating abuse or of being abused, as well as effective treatments to minimize harm.
Dignity and Health for All Children
We dedicate our skills, resources, and energy to creating a culture that fosters children’s dignity and health through the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation. We believe that all children are entitled to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and childhoods free from sexual abuse and exploitation.We demonstrate collaboration and welcome all types of diversity.
Adult and Corporate Responsibility
We appeal to all adults to act on their individual and societal responsibility to protect children so that all children may experience caring connections with peers and adults and safely grow to experience full, healthy, and productive lives. We call on corporations to join in an examination of all their organizational practices and policies to assure that they are not fueling demand for child sexual abuse and exploitation. We commit to working collaboratively with the government, non-profit sector, and private industry to find, cultivate and fund the solutions necessary for prevention strategies to flourish. We stand united against the factors that feed demand for child sexual abuse and exploitation whether committed for individual or commercial gain. These include, but are not limited to: sexual objectification of children, commercial sexual exploitation, pornography, and the hyper-sexualized consumer culture.