Sexual Abuse Prevention/Awareness Campaign
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. The Family Care Community Partnership, in collaboration with several local organizations noted below, is sponsoring a campaign to raise awareness of sexual abuse and provide information and resources to members of the community.
Below is some information from the Woonsocket Kids' Help Team Agency Participants:
Ignoring Sexual Abuse Will Not Stop It: Tell Someone, and Keep Telling!
Unfortunately sexual abuse happens to children and teens. But there are many people that understand and can help.
What is sexual abuse?
Sexual Abuse is: Any sexual behaviors (activities that involve private parts of the body) that are unwanted or forced on someone.
Sexual abuse can be:
YOU ARE NOTE ALONE: Sexual abuse happens to many children and teens
Up to 80,000 cases of child sexual abuse are reported annually, but the number of unreported cases is much greater.
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before they are 18 years old.
WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW:
Everyone (children and adults) has the right to feel safe wherever he or she is.
It is the job of adults to keep children safe.
If a child is sexually abused, it is NEVER the child’s fault.
The only person responsible for sexual abuse is the person doing the abuse.
It is NEVER too late to tell someone. It is ALWAYS OK to tell.
If you couldn’t say “no”, or were afraid to say, “no” that is OK.
If you feel like this has happened to you…WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Tell someone that you trust.
If he or she does not believe you, or does not help you, tell someone else.
Keep telling until the abuse stops.
If the abuse should happen again, tell someone again.
Explain exactly what happened to you and be specific. Saying, “he bothers me” is not too clear; you want the person to understand what happened.
WHO CAN HELP? WHO SHOULD YOU TELL?
If you feel like there is no one in your life who can help:
WE ARE HERE: Call us! The number is 800-494-8100 and someone will answer your call 24 hours a day.
This is a confidential number! You can call to get more information, ask any questions that you have, or talk to someone who can help!
Woonsocket Kids' Help Team Agency Participants: