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The Enough Abuse Campaign is a grassroots movement gaining momentum across the country. Developed in Massachusetts, the Campaign has been adopted by New Jersey and Maryland and has now been launched in New York, Nevada and 25 counties in California. We are providing adults and communities with the knowledge and skills they need to put an end to the silence. And eventually, the epidemic.
The movement against child sexual abuse starts with a single word – ENOUGH.
Its symbol - a hand raised outward indicating our unwillingness to let the problem go unchallenged any longer.
Its hope – that by being united we can end the secrets, shame, hurt, confusion, and denial that for too long have allowed child sexual abuse to operate, and even thrive, in our homes and communities.
Its commitment – to bring together parents, professionals, adult survivors, concerned citizens, elected leaders, policymakers, and funders to engage them in this historic movement.
All children have the right to be safe where they live, learn, and play. Unfortunately, 1 in 10 children and teens report having been sexually abused, often in supposedly safe places by supposedly safe, nice-seeming people.
Every fall millions of children and teens attend public and private schools across our nation. They participate in large numbers in youth sports, after-school enrichment programs, and other youth development opportunitites. Adults charged with the responsibility of caring for children and youths in schools and youth-serving organizations are critical gatekeepers. Teachers, coaches, administrators, and mentors can play a huge role in protecting their charges from those that might sexually abuse or exploit them - but its not always easy to know how.
MassKids and the Enough Abuse Campaign can help. We're dedicated to helping schools and youth-serving organizations prevent child sexual abuse in the first place; learn how we can help your school or youth-serving organization by taking advantage of our free resources, such as the Safe-Child Standards, available for download here, and the GateKeepers for Kids learning community.