Thank you to everyone that supported the Prevention Summit and helped make it a success!
Videotaped portions of the Summit, including the Opening Remarks, Senator Elizabeth Warren's video message, and one of the ten workshops - Doing the Right Thing - are available for viewing on our Facebook page! More video and audio recordings will be available soon, stay tuned!
*Leaning Circle to be Launched*
"A Silent Epidemic" video by the Enough Abuse Campaign
Opening by Jetta Bernier ~ Executive Director, Massachusetts Citizens for Children - MassKids
Senator Elizabeth Warren ~ via video from Washington, D.C.
Robert Shoop, PhD ~ Keynote: Child Sexual Exploitation: How to Spot It and Stop It
The Code of Conduct as a Critical Prevention Tool
Sexual Abuse Prevention Training and Resources for Your Organization
Moving Beyond Current Practices for Screening Prospective Employees
Responding To and Reporting Disclosues of Sexual Abuse
"Designing and Implementing a School Reporting Protocol: A How-To Manual for Massachusetts Educators, 2nd Edition". by Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Tower and Dr. Anthony P. Rizzuto". The Children's Trust Fund.
Institutionalizing Comprehensives Sexual Abuse Prevention Policies and Practices
"Vermont's Sexual Violence Prevention Technical Assistance Resource Guide (TARG): For school communities K-12 incorporating sexual violence prevention into the health education curriculum" Created by the Vermont Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force, 2010.
The Power of Survivor Voices
Doing the Right Thing: How to Best Respond to Adult Disclosures of Past Sexual Abuse in Schools and Youth-Serving Organizations
Reducing the Risks of Sexual Abuse for Children with Disabilities and for Those Served by Foster Care
Preventing Sexual Abuse within Youth Sports Programs
Sexual Abusers: What We Know About Them and How That Can Inform Our Prevention Strategies
Why Do We Need a Summit?
Every year, 35 million adults come into contact with more than 70 million children in youth-serving organizations (YSOs) across the country. These organizations are designed to provide children and teens with guidance and opportunities for growth so they can develop self-assurance in the four areas that are key to creating a happy and successful life: a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and power.
However, youth-serving organizations can also expose children and teens to risk since they unwillingly provide the "cover" and access that sexual abusers require. Schools, which serve the largest numbers of children, face the same challenges. A US Department of Education report in 2004 indicates that 7% or 3.5 million 8th to 11th graders report having physical sexual contact from an adult in their school, most commonly a teacher or coach. Clearly, without a comprehensive strategy to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse, YSOs and schools will not succeed in their obligation to protect our children from this threat.
Meet the Summit Planners
Michael Cahill, Alliance of MA YMCAs
Ned Eames, Tenacity
Melissa Gopnik, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Sheridan Haines, Governor's Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence
Mary Phillips, GMA Foundations
Kathryn Robb, MassKids
Arthur Siegel, MD, McLean Hospital
Adrianne Simeone, The Mama Bear Effect
Joan Tabachnick, DMS Consulting
Jetta Bernier, MassKids
Convened by Massachusetts Citizens for Children, Inc.
and the Enough Abuse Campaign
Supported in part by the Ms. Foundation for Women
Our Sponsors Include:
MassKids is please to have joined with these
|1 in 6, Inc.||Associated Grant Makers|
|Association of Independent Schools of New England|| The Children's League
|Doctor Franklin Perkins School||Horace Mann Action Coalition|
|Impact: Ability||Klingberg Family Centers|
|MA Administrators of Special Education||MA Association of School Committees|
|MA Association of School Superintendents||MA Association of 766 Approved Private Schools|
|MA Recreation and Parks Association||Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance|
|National Center for Missing and Exploited Children||National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation|
|Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct and Exploitation||United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley|