Empowering Children to Combat Sexual Abuse

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Would you like to empower the children in your school to stop sexual abuse before it happens?

DARYL'S STORY

Daryl Adams is one of the founding board members of A Cry for Freedom. His passion for preventing childhood sexual abuse is forged in the battles of his own family’s generational abuse.

The signature of God in his life that broke generational abuses and brought him to where he is in his journey to help others is undeniable.

His father, as a child, was forced to live with the pastor of his parents’ church, and shortly after his arrival, that pastor began sexually molesting his dad. When he got to see his mother he told her what the pastor was doing to him and she scolded him and told him to get back there and be thankful that the pastor was willing to help them.

The sexual abuse Daryl’s father endured got worse and continued into his teenage years. This was the start of a mega-ton bomb of physical and mental abuse and acting out the horrific nightmares of his past.

This story is not an isolated incident, but in many sordid shapes and forms, continues to play out in the lives of children today. As Daryl began opening up about his family’s tragedy, he discovered an enormous number of people who are living in pain and denial from their own hidden childhood abuse is staggering.

But the rest of the story will continue here–where healing takes place through the prevention of suffering in other children like Daryl’s father.

VISION

No child should ever have to suffer the life-long debilitation that results from childhood sexual abuse. Our vision is to reach as many children as possible to prevent childhood sexual abuse and to stop abuse currently taking place.

MISSION

Our mission is to help families and educators train children to learn the words, “STOP! DON’T TOUCH ME THERE! and be able to scream them.  These short, simple phrases will give them the confidence to say no and to tell people.

Our story is one rooted in an unwavering commitment to empower children to tell the perpetrators, “Stop! Don’t touch me there!” and to tell as many people as necessary until change happens…to “Tell Ten” until one of them sends help.

WHAT WE KNOW

Child sexual abuse includes a wide range of sexual behaviors that take place between a child and an older person. These behaviors are meant to arouse the older person in a sexual way. In general, no thought is given to what effect the behavior may have on the child. For the most part, the abuser does not care about the reactions or choices of the child.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Sexual abuse is one form of child abuse. It includes a wide range of actions between a child and an adult or older child. Often these involve body contact, but not always. Exposing one’s genitals to children or pressuring them for sex is sexual abuse. Using a child for pornography is also sexual abuse.

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Stop Dont Touch

STOP! DON’T TOUCH ME THERE!

Our goal is to encourage families to teach their children to overcome fear and to be able to scream the words, “STOP! DON’T TOUCH ME THERE!

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TELL TEN

TELL TEN

Sometimes children will tell one person and tragically, that person doesn’t take them seriously. That is why children need to be taught to keep telling people until change takes place.

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STOP! DON'T TOUCH ME THERE!

Child sexual abuse includes a wide range of sexual behaviors that take place between a child and an older person. These behaviors are meant to arouse the older person in a sexual way. In general, no thought is given to what effect the behavior may have on the child. For the most part, the abuser does not care about the reactions or choices of the child.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

Start by teaching the children you know how to recognize inappropriate behavior and how to scream, “STOP! Don’t touch me there!” if anyone touches them inappropriately. Teach them to tell people when they think something someone has touched them inappropriately and to keep telling people until someone helps them.

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HOW TO HELP A CHILD

If a child confides in you that something strange is going on, don’t question them. Act immediately by calling local authorities and follow through to make sure your report is being responded to. Don’t question the child’s honesty or reality, and don’t stop until you know that child is safe.

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FACT

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, only 30% of sexual assault cases are ever reported.

Approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault.

Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.

STOP CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

We are committed to reaching and empowering children to prevent and stop sexual abuse.

Child sexual abuse includes a wide range of sexual behaviors that take place between a child and an older person. These behaviors are meant to arouse the older person in a sexual way. In general, no thought is given to what effect the behavior may have on the child. For the most part, the abuser does not care about the reactions or choices of the child.

Child sexual abuse often involves body contact. This could include sexual kissing, touching, and oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Not all sexual abuse involves body contact, though. Showing private parts (“flashing”), forcing children to watch pornography, verbal pressure for sex, and exploiting children as prostitutes or for pornography can be sexual abuse as well. Researchers estimate that in our country about one out of six boys and one out of four girls are sexually abused.

Most often, sexual abusers know the child they abuse, but are not family. For example, the abuser might be a friend of the family, babysitter, or neighbor. About 6 out of 10 abusers fall into that group.

About 3 out of 10 of those who sexually abuse children are family members of the child. This includes fathers, uncles, or cousins.