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Forum: Focusing on preventing child sex abuse

Updated: March 7, 2014 1:44PM



The Archdiocese of Chicago’s release of files on clergy sex abuse is a welcome step in the right direction and one that will have a profound impact on many lives. It hopefully will bring comfort and healing to the survivors of clergy sex abuse, both in Chicago and elsewhere.

Rather than remaining focused on repercussions, however, we should take this as an opportunity to talk about what each of us can do to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring. By playing a role in the lives of children we know, we can create the type of experiences and environments that are proven to prevent such abuse.

We encourage everyone to learn more about the protective factors and to work in their communities and schools to promote the types of programs and education that increase them.

One simple example is to advocate for funding that establishes quality pre- and post-school programs as well as background checks, training for volunteers or staff involved with children and minimizing one-on-one time between adults and children.

James M. Hmurovich

President and CEO
Prevent Child Abuse America



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