One in Ten

Is Child Sexual Abuse Inevitable?

January 07, 2021 National Children's Alliance / Elizabeth Letourneau Season 3 Episode 1
One in Ten
Is Child Sexual Abuse Inevitable?
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Years ago, Elizabeth Letourneau had a key insight: What if instead of focusing exclusively on victims and parents for child sexual abuse prevention, we really turned to the source of the problem: the person at risk of sexually abusing a child?

Now, we really don’t like to talk about, or even think about, the fact that some youth and some adults are sexually attracted to children. But what if we could teach middle schoolers about sexual boundaries and about consent before they ever made a misstep? And what if those youth and adults struggling with the shame of an unwanted sexual attraction to children had a way to get help before they ever harmed a child? And what if we lifted the weight so many victims feel about their responsibility to somehow keep themselves safe and placed this responsibility instead squarely on the shoulders of those who might otherwise harm them?

Topics in this episode:

  •  Help Wanted prevention program (1:40)
  • Google and Facebook get involved (7:24)
  • Middle-school intervention (15:27)
  • Online programs in the future? (23:15)
  • Which prevention programs work? (24:47)
  • Best practices for youth-serving organizations (28:01)
  • What do we need next? (34:15)
  • Federal focus needed (37:51)
  • Contact Congress about funding research (44:14)

Links:

Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D., director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Help Wanted

Prevention Project Dunkelfeld

Stop It Now! USA

CDC

Responsible Behavior with Younger Children

Shifting Boundaries

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Committee for Children

U.S. Center for SafeSport

Prevent Child Abuse America

Australian Royal Commission

Commit to Kids

Bloomberg American Health Initiative website, framework and leadership desk guide

We interview Dr. Letourneau previously in “Child Abuse as a Public Health Issue” (aired 5/2/19)

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Help Wanted prevention program
Google and Facebook get involved
Middle-school intervention
Online programs in the future?
Which prevention programs work?
Best practices for youth-serving organizations
What do we need next?
Federal focus needed
Contact Congress about funding research