Prevent Together has developed a National Plan to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation to provide a framework for effective, comprehensive, and holistic prevention interventions that are culturally sensitive, include survivor and marginalized voices, strengthen child-friendly environments for collective impact, and act as a catalyst for social change for protecting children from abuse.
The National Plan identifies Six Pillars for prevention, including Advocacy & Policy, Awareness & Education, Collaborative Practices, Funding & Capacity, Organizational Policies & Practices, and Research.
Prevent Together acknowledges that our call to end the silence towards child sexual abuse rings hollow if we do not also call to end the silence toward racial injustice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion must inform all focus areas of prevention strategy because it has been historically minimized. To this end, the Plan also incorporates the following guiding principles:
The goals of the plan are to keep the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation in the forefront of people’s thoughts, agendas, and policy discussions in such a powerful way that we ensure all children grow up safe and free from all forms of sexual harm. And further, to ensure that child sexual abuse and the normalization of such abuse, and of exploitation for individual or commercial gain, will be socially, economically, politically, and spiritually unacceptable in all of our communities.