PCAVT's Healthy Relationships Project child sexual abuse prevention programs incorporate the following:
All those who care for children need information and skills to keep communication open with children, answer children's questions about reproduction and sexuality, and give children positive messages about the intrinsic worth of their bodies--all aspects of nurturing healthy sexual development.
Whether working with adults or children, prevention trainers are aware that some in the room may have suffered trauma, including child sexual abuse. Children, youth and adults need tools and messages that are health-based and do not re-traumatize those who have already been abused. The Healthy Relationships Project avoids (and teaches future facilitators to avoid) language that implies that children are at fault if abused (i.e. that they should have said "No!" or taken action to stop the abuse).
The Healthy Relationships Project utilizes health-focused strategies that match children and youth's social-emotional level and increase protective factors such as communication skills, empathy and knowledge of support systems. Messaging that puts the burden on children to protect themselves disregards both the developmental levels of children and the dynamics of abuse.
Victim and Perpetration Prevention
We want children and youth to enjoy healthy relationships that are abuse-free. Many of the same protective factors that reduce the risk of victimization (for example: communication, empathy and accountability) also help prevent the development of abusive behaviors. Starting around age 10, we can also begin to teach the children ways to be a bystander who seeks to help when aware that another child or adult may be in trouble.
Preventing Child-to-Child Sexual Abuse
Early intervention for children with sexual behavior problems is critical. Childcare centers, schools, neighborhoods and families that are equipped with the knowledge and skills to supervise children well can reduce the risk of child-to-child sexual abuse.