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Advocates: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Best Practice #8 - Provide Support and Resource Referrals

20% of the population in America has been sexually abused.(8) That's more people than the Center for Disease Control estimates will get the flu each year.(9) So needless to say, as you implement and teach others the Child Sexual Abuse Best Practices program, you will be talking with children, teens and adults who have personally experienced sexual abuse as well as parents who know or suspect their child has been abused. It's also inevitable that at some point you will be speaking with someone who is attracted to children, who may or may not have crossed the line and abused a child.

Read more: Advocates: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Best Practice #8 - Provide Support and Resource Referrals

Advocates: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Best Practices Summary

A day does not go by without seeing a case of child sexual abuse in the news - at home and in youth-serving organizations. It is clearly a pandemic that knows no boundaries including gender, race, religion, geography, or socio-economic status.

20% of our children will be sexually abused by the age of 18.(8) Parents and leaders of youth-serving organizations are who grant access to children and they are responsible for being proactive in their efforts to protect children. As an advocate, you are responsible for teaching them how. Our kids are counting on us all to do our part!

At TAALK, we understand the grooming behaviors that happen BEFORE abuse occurs and have developed this program specifically to combat those behaviors. Although you will not be able to stop every case of child sexual abuse in your community, this program will take you and the adults and the children in your community well beyond awareness and empower all of you with an extensive list of actions that will have a direct impact on the safety of children.

SWAPping Pain for Purpose

 

 

Survivors With A Purpose is a series of interviews with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. These interviews are designed to give the survivor an opportunity to share their story in a way that both empowers them and provides valuable insight to our listeners so they can learn to better protect children. 

Our hope is that each story will create a dialog, internally within your minds, as well as externally with your family and other community members. We want you to take the time to analyze each story to determine how you could protect the children in your lives from similar abuse.

We have provided a set of Reflection Questions for you to ponder after you have listened to each story. 
 
 

Survivors With A Purpose
Reflection Questions

  • List the reasons that the survivor didn't tell.
  • List the reasons that the survivor wasn't able to protect themselves from their perpetrator.
  • What boundaries could you put in place for the children in your life that would intercede with
    the specific scenarios experienced by this survivor?
  • What could you teach the children in your life that would help prepare them if they were ever
    faced with a similar situation?
  • What could you tell the children in your life that would increase the likelihood of them telling if
    they were abused?
  • What signs did the survivor display as a child that would indicate possible sexual abuse?
  • How did the abuse impact the survivor (physically, emotionally, mentally, psychologically,
    spiritually, relationally, financially, socially, etc.)?
  • Has your new understanding of the impact changed how you will relate to people who struggle
    with similar issues in their life (either known abuse or similar behavioral issues)?

 

Survivors with a Purpose - Flavia's Story

This episode of Survivors With a Purpose (SWAP) includes Flavia Mouroulis' powerful story of overcoming the sexual abuse of multiple perpetrators to go on to raise her own beautiful children.

Expert Interviews

TAALK is committed to talking about every aspect of the child sexual abuse pandemic in an effort to educate the public and model what it looks like to talk about sexual abuse comfortably. There are people all over the world who have a heart for children and are called to protect them and help survivors of all ages heal. The following interviews provide a glimpse of what child sexual abuse experts and advocates around the world are doing to put an end to this pandemic as well as the damaging consequences. We hope you find them both informative and inspiring.

These interviews were recorded as part of two radio marathons we called TAALK-a-Thons. The first was held in April 2011 and the second was held in December 2011. We started each of these programs at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time and our Founder, Diane Cranley, followed the sun around the world, interviewing guest speakers for 24 hours straight covering a variety of topics related to child sexual abuse awareness, prevention and support.

You have the opportunity to learn from 96 experts, in 15 countries, who have the brightest minds and the biggest hearts. I encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunity by listening to as many of these interviews as you can, especially if you plan to be an advocate in your community.