October 2, 2017
Dear Prevention Community,
A hallmark of the Stop It Now! model of prevention is
conversation. Without it, we cannot hope to protect children. We must be able to talk about the concerns we have for children’s safety, warning signs we’ve seen, or protective steps we’re taking in order to reduce isolation and set the course for prevention. Wherever these conversations happen - in homes or in public platforms - we hope that we can help reduce the isolation we all can feel when faced with situations where a child needs adults to speak up so that he or she can remain safe by providing resources, guidance and support.
Through our Helpline, our Circles of Safety trainings, and our national (and international) presence and networks, we are privy to concerns and discussions about individual’s lives and the impact either sexual abuse itself or concerns about sexual abuse has on individual lives, families and communities. Our media is filled with reports, op-eds and discussions of children’s sexual safety. More than ever before, adults are talking about sexual abuse – and how to prevent it.
Honoring the importance of
conversation, we are excited to present a shift in our E-News format. Our E-News has a new name:
Conversations in Prevention and will feature stories and themes we hear through our Helpline and trainings, adding our prevention perspective and sharing tools and resources on how to take action. By sharing these conversations from around the globe and across families, communities and institutions, we hope to build the confidence and knowledge of every adult – so that every adult feels supported and prepared to speak up and take protective actions to prevent sexual abuse.
We look forward to your thoughts and feedback, and as always – Thank you for caring about children’s safety.
In peace and hope,
Jenny Coleman, Director