Dear Partners in Prevention,
We have wanted to tell this story for quite a while, and we now are proudly able to share this with all of you. After all,
this report is written for and about you,
and every adult who wonders how he or she can help a child experience a healthy and safe childhood, free from sexual abuse. It is a tool to share the message that prevention is possible when we can talk about sexual abuse, and when we provide accurate information, compassionate and respectful support, and the tools and resources to help adults prepare to responsibly protect children.
The report shares not only data but the stories and insights that have resulted from the sheer presence of this unique and critical prevention resource. The data, combined with the personal voices and stories gathered from our confidential and anonymous Helpline users, demonstrates that our Helpline fills an essential need in child sexual abuse prevention – a safe place for adults to talk about and get help with extremely sensitive, difficult and often terrifying concerns. Also and equally important, it demonstrates that
people will reach out for help, act preventatively and share their experiences
when there is a place to go. As the report indicates, “When you build it, they will come.” This is primary for prevention – making sure that people have access to accurate information and help when they need it.