Together We Can Prevent the Sexual Abuse of Children
Conversations in Prevention
Dear Prevention Community,

On the heels of April, so many of this prevention community may be feeling more hopeful. April always provides us all with a chance to reflect on how we can continually build awareness and resources that help promote sexual safety for children and adults. Even as so much in the world has been so different for many months now, April’s important message of taking the time to connect with our community to share and grow our prevention practices did not seem any less robust this year. 

Stop It Now! has been honored to connect with so many fabulous pioneers, advocates and crusaders for children’s sexual safety and for all adults and youth who seek accountable and responsible pathways to support health and safety for all. We proudly want to share where some of these connections have been leading us and what we’ve been able to accomplish in the last few months.

Take care and be well,

Jenny Coleman
Director, Stop It Now!
A Message from our Founder, Fran Henry
"I am proud to send Stop It Now! the $1,400 I recently received from the government for stimulus money. I live the privilege of not having to pay bills with it, and there is no more worthy cause. That is why I also have named Stop It Now! in my will. 

"Stop It Now! prevents abuse. It is a vaccine against the "virus" of sexual violence. During this pandemic, if we only treated sick people in the hospital but did not wear masks, distance from one another, wash hands, or get vaccinated we would never be done with the coronavirus. Likewise, we can't just deal with sexual abuse with the criminal justice system after someone has been victimized. We must prevent. That is what Stop It Now! does so well. 

"Thirty years ago when I founded Stop It Now!, I had hoped we would have vanquished child sexual abuse in a generation. Now I know we have to build a strong organization, making sure people get the information they need to prevent it no matter how long that takes."
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Training, Presentations & Consultation
As COVID pushed us all to explore new ways to share information while building new connections and networks, we found ourselves positioned well to transfer our prevention training services into the digital world and began offering Circles of Safety trainings remotely last fall. Since October 2020, we have completed 8 COS: Awareness to Action classes and 6 COS: Training of Trainer classes. Over 20 organizations from around the country have been represented, including Child Advocacy Centers, Child Protection Services and Sexual Assault Response Programs. Our participants are reporting increased readiness and confidence in taking next steps to both engage in early protective tasks and to respond to early warning signs of boundary violations. 

Knowing the importance of sharing widely our tools and insight specific to sexual abuse prevention, we do frequently strive to present at relevant conferences. With Covid moving most conferences to digital platforms, we were excited to present for the National Child Advocacy Center’s series: Keeping Kids Safe: Ask the Experts. Our director was the guest for “A conversation about boundaries and consent with Jenny Coleman,” to a registered audience of over 400! You can watch this presentation on their virtual training center.

We also were pleased to have another chance to present on prevention, Circles of Safety: Integrating Sexual Abuse Prevention into Early Childhood Care and Education in a recorded webinar to the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (N4C). It also felt particularly powerful to deliver a presentation on Why We Should Care About the Person Who is At-risk To Harm a Child to the Attorney General’s Office in Hennepin County in Michigan.

Helping other similar Helplines get off the ground has always been one of our most fulfilling services, and we have been thrilled to provide this support and training to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a psychiatric teaching hospital located in Toronto. The hospital will be bringing a similar helpline service to support people whose sexual behaviors and/or interests that might put children at risk.
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Circles of Safety registration is open!
We'll be hosting another Virtual Classroom Series - Circles of Safety: Awareness to Action for Youth-serving Professionals from June 14 to June 17.
Bring Circles of Safety to your organization
Circles of Safety provides professional caregivers and youth-serving organizations with the tools, support and training to create safer environments for both the children and families they serve, and for their staff and programs. Adaptable to any youth-serving environment, Circles of Safety brings education and information together with confidence and skill building activities to prepare adults to speak up and prevent sex abuse.

For information on how to bring Circles of Safety to your organization or host a Circles of Safety Training for your professional network, email
Development, Growth & Partnerships
We’re thrilled that the World Childhood Foundation awarded us a grant to reach young people with new resources to answer their questions and concerns about safe and healthy sexual behaviors and interests. We are developing a new website, with a partner campaign to reach 14-to-21-year-olds, providing a shame-free, safe and informative source for support.

The Focus for Health Foundation has recently become a new and exciting partner in our prevention work, awarding us a grant to support our overall services and operations. We are pleased to join their diverse and innovative partners.

We have been pleased to partner with the Prostasia Foundation to offer support services to those who personally identify as minor-attracted, are committed to healthy and safe lives and who seek out community to find resources, guidance, and information.

Invited to submit a capacity-building grant to our long-time partner and funding, The Oak Foundation, we in turn partnered with Stop It Now! UK and Scotland and together we have been awarded a grant to study the evolution of the Stop It Now! model in both the US and its European sisters in the UK, Belgium, and The Netherlands. Additionally, the Oak funding will allow us to build on our public policy work in prevention.

When Jeff Tjugman of TJUGUM & ASSOCIATES, INC. in Wisconsin contacted Stop It Now! to ask how his insurance agency could help our work, we described the need for increased capacity on our Helpline - to expand our hours and be available to more people. Jeff responded with a plan for future income to support our Helpline and with more immediate funding to help support a new staff member. We are excited to soon increase our ability to take more calls and chats at the moment people are reaching out for help. More to come on this exciting partnership!

In late 2020, Stop It Now! was hired by the Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts to collect and report on the voices of survivors of clergy abuse, the most important group of stakeholders as the Diocese of Springfield seeks to improve the response to sexual abuse allegations. The Independent Task Force on the Response to Sexual Abuse within the Diocese of Springfield will include this information in their final report which will be released in June. We are especially proud to have met these survivors and been trusted with their stories. Their courage has already led to change in the ways the Diocese prevents and responds to abuse. 
Memorial for Susan Kirby
Susan Kirby, a former board member and generous supporter of Stop It Now!, passed away on December 27, 2019. In recognition of her longtime commitment to Stop It Now! and preventing child sexual abuse, her family and Stop It Now! are honoring her memory with a memorial fund.
Our Team is Changing
We are sad to say goodbye to Lily Lawrence, our administrative and communications associate for nearly 10 years. Lily has been the glue that held all of our programs and services together. She feels irreplaceable and as we are already missing her, we wish her the very best in her travels…and we’ll particularly miss her during office game days!

And we welcome Brittany Gordon, a new Now! member who will split her time between her Helpline counselor role and project manager role. Brittany is a PhD candidate, with experience in sexual assault responses, domestic violence, hotlines and a passion for social justice, education and service.
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