Nationally, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday. In Alaska, those figures are higher.
A safe family is created through continuous communication and age-appropriate education. Children who are most vulnerable to sexual violence are those that do not have language for their body parts, feel too embarrassed to talk to a parent about sexual activity, and do not have a plan if something should happen.
Protect your family by learning the facts and talking to your children, every day.
Click here to download a copy of "Growing Up Safely: Expert Advise and Perpetrator Warnings to Reduce Your Child's Risk of Sexual Violence"
Additional risk factors for children
Child is isolated from peers and other family members
Child raised with parent(s) that abuse drugs and alcohol
Child that has no understanding of private parts and secret touch
Child that has little to no communication with a parent, regardless of the issue
Child is not asked about daily activities and relationships with other children and adults
The Darkness to Light Campaign, a grassroots initiative has developed the
7 Steps to Prevent, Recognize, and React responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Here is a quick overview of the 7 Steps. Click here for the all information.
Learn the Facts
Talk About it
Make a Plan
Act on Suspicions
What Child Molesters Say:
You know me and you trust me.
You think you will recognize me, but I can be male or female, adult or child.
You see me as reliable and stable, a respected person with the family or community.
You wake up and think of ways to provide for your family. I wake up and think of ways to victimize your child.
You think I only groom children, but I charm you as well
You look to me to help you with your child and think I really love him/her.
You see me touch your child in a playful way, which confuses him/her because you are okay with it.
You’ve heard me talk about child sexual abuse with disgust.
You probably think that you know all your child’s likes and dislikes, but I know more.
You think your child would tell you if I’ve touched him/her, but none of the other children have ever told.
You trust me so much, that you will hesitate to believe your child.
You think there is a time and place to teach your child about sex, but I have already.
You think that because I work around children all the time that I must be trustworthy.
You think that I could never do this to my own children.
What Child Victims Say:
I didn’t know I could say NO to an adult.
I loved him. He was my best friend.
I liked the attention; no one told me it shouldn’t be happening.
He told me that you wouldn’t believe me.
He told me you would be ashamed of what I did with him.
I thought I would be in trouble by telling anyone.
I felt sorry for him because he was lonely and no one understood him.
I hated doing those things, but I didn’t want him to get into trouble.
No one ever asked me if anything like this had ever happened.
I told you and you didn’t believe me.
I lied and said it never happened.
I thought it was okay because sometimes he hugged and kissed me right in front of you.
He was the only person I could talk to, so I lied when you asked me if something had ever happened.
You trusted and loved him; I thought I should too. You always needed his help I didn’t want to upset you.
He threatened to hurt you.
He would have done it to my little sister too if I hadn’t kept quiet.