Schools

Schools play two roles in this universe: they are safe places where children are frequently seen by important mandated reporters like teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, and administrators. This is also where children can be taught best practices to avoid abuse, parents can be trained to spot abuse, and all those working in the schools can be trained to be on the frontlines of child protection. It should be and often is a fortress of protection for the child.

Unfortunately, schools can also be a place where a child can be groomed and sexually abused, as the public has learned over the last 20 years. Private schools, public schools, boarding schools, and universities have seen their share of child sex abuse. From elite private schools like the Solebury School (Bucks County, PA) and The Horace Mann School (New York, NY) to the Los Angeles United School District to Michigan State University and Penn State, educational settings have created the conditions that can endanger children. Sometimes the opportunities are created by the culture of the school and at other times, by programs like summer camps or a laissez faire attitude regarding relationships between teachers and students.

There are many resources out there, many of which are listed below, which is encouraging. But there is a great deal of education still needed about the scourge of child sex abuse in this universe before we will stamp it out. Children, parents, teachers, and everyone else needs to become more knowledgeable about the signs, effects, and costs of child sex abuse.

Please read and view the following with the knowledge that the more you learn, the more hope there will be for children in the future!

— Prof. Marci Hamilton, Founder/CEO of CHILD USA

Books

Our selected books are typically available in public and/or university libraries. The link provided is a path to purchase if you so choose.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (fiction)

A moving novel for teens and young adults about a high school girl using art to cope with a sex assault by a fellow student and the lack of support at school.

Campus Sexual Assault: College Women Respond by: Lauren J. Germain

An examination of college women’s experiences after assault; the many case studies emphasize the individualized nature of recovery.

His Favorites by Kate Walbert (fiction)

A novel about a young girl transferring to a new boarding school and falling prey to the adventures of a seemingly charming teacher.

What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: Sexual Abuse in Schools by Denise Skarbek and Patricia Parrish

This book by two professors of education examines the state of sexual abuse in schools and offers potential steps toward a safer environment. It includes a particularly helpful chapter on students in special education settings.

Invisible Target: Breaking the Cycle of Educator Sexual Abuse by Andrea Clemens

This is a readable and worthwhile book for students, parents, teachers, and administrators that tells the true story of a survivor’s sexual abuse at the hands of her middle school teacher.

Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention by Joan Tabacknick

A book that emphasizes the importance of bystanders and interfering to prevent sexual abuse.

Great is the Truth

A shocking exposé of sexual abuse and the struggle for justice at one of America’s most prestigious schools.

Articles

 

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How a culture of covering up sex abuse at public schools is hurting children and costing taxpayers millions

The article highlights sexual abuse in public schools and the impact it has on victims and communities.

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If you suspect a child is being harmed

The resource walks through the steps of how to report child abuse.

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What Teachers and Child Care Providers Can Do to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

This resource provides advice to teachers and caretakers on how they can prevent child sexual abuse.

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Has Media Ignored Sex Abuse In School?

This article examines the media’s role in reporting on child sex abuse in schools.

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Promoting Protective Factors for Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Guide for Practitioners

The resource highlights protective factors that safeguard victims of child abuse and how to maintain their efficacy.

Documentaries & Videos

 

Re-thinking Sexual Assault Prevention in High School and College: John Kalin at TEDxColbyCollege

John Kalin reflects on sexual assault in high schools and colleges and how it can be prevented.

Sexual Assault on College Campuses I Natalie Spier I TEDxColumbus Women

Natalie Spiert reflects on how poor sexual education in middle and high schools contributes to high rates of sexual abuse on college campuses.

Online Resources

 

CHILD USA CSA Fact Sheets

This resource provides facts about child sexual abuse and tips to prevent it.

Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature by Charol Shakeshaft

This resource provides a compilation of existing literature on educator sexual misconduct.

ICMEC Education Portal

This website provides resources and information to help prevent child abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation.

Erin’s Law Website

This website provides Erin’s Law, a proposed law that would require public schools to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program.

SESAME (Stop Educator Sexual Assault Misconduct & Exploitation)

An excellent website aimed at putting an end to sexual assault at the hands of educators.

CHILD USA Tips for Teachers During COVID

This link contains information for teachers during COVID-19.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library Catalog

This catalog provides a comprehensive selection of resources related to sexual violence and prevention.

Pledge to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

This website advocates for a movement of individuals who have taken a pledge to prevent child sexual abuse.

Intended for Child Education

 

Who Do You Tell?

  • Resource for children K-6, Kindergarteners and grades 3-6 have two 45-min sessions, grade 1 has nine sessions, grade 2 has eight sessions
  • 1-hour session with teachers informing on CSA and how to teach it, includes training for a parent night
  • Classroom setting

Lauren’s Kids (Safer Smarter Schools, Kids, and Teens options)

  • Resource for children, parents, teachers, and administrators
  • Options for K-5, special education, and middle/high school students
  • Classroom setting, printed materials, videos, family at-home resources

Safe Child Program

  • Resource for children Pre-K through 3, teaches prevention of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse along with other life skills, 5-10 sessions per year (age 3 to 9)
  • Includes resources to educate teachers/administrators with videos on introducing concepts to children
  • Classroom setting, includes homework concept (with available parent seminar/video)

KidSmartz

  • Resource for children (grades K-2 and 3-5)
  • Classroom setting, printed materials, art activities/journal writing, videos

Childhelp Speak Up

  • Provides children and teens the skills to break cycles of neglect, abuse, and bullying.
  • Facilitate prevention, intervention, and treatment programs
  • States that they have “impacted” over 10 million children nationwide

Child Lures

  • Resource for children; youth program and teen program options; different lessons with student handouts for each
  • Written materials, presenter’s guides

Monique Burr Foundation for Children Prevention Education Programs

  • Resource for children (K-5, 6-12), youth athletes, and after-school and youth-serving organizations, and relevant adults
  • Two lessons 55 minutes each
  • Classroom setting, printed materials, PowerPoint presentations, pre- and post-tests, safety rules classroom posters

Intended for Parental Education to Prevent Child Sex Abuse

Vermont’s Step Up Program

  • Resource for parents
  • Written guide

Lauren’s Kids

  • Resource for children, parents, teachers, and administrators
  • Options for K-5, special education, and middle/high school students
  • Classroom setting, printed materials, videos, family at-home resources

Body Safety Training Workbook

  • Resource for parents and teachers to instruct children on personal safety
  • 2 workbooks (one for parents, one for teachers) in which the second half covers body safety

Parenting Safe Children

  • Hosts workshops for parents and youth professionals either live or online.
  • Hosts private consultations for parents and youth professionals.
  • Provides resources (YouTube videos, lists of books, databases, and a quiz to “test your knowledge.”

Designed for School Policies and Teacher Training

Vermont’s TARG

  • Resource for school communities incorporating prevention into curriculum
  • Written guide

Enough Abuse Campaign Training Tools

  • Resources for family/community, schools, youth-serving organizations; 6 different training curriculum options
  • Online courses, various presentations, teachers’ manuals, video/discussion guides

Body Safety Training Workbook

  • Resource for parents and teachers to instruct children on personal safety
  • 2 workbooks (one for parents, one for teachers) in which the second half covers body safety

Lauren’s Kids (Safer Smarter Schools, Kids, and Teens options)

  • Resource for children, parents, teachers, and administrators
  • Options for K-5, special education, and middle/high school students
  • Classroom setting, printed materials, videos, family at-home resources

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children

  • Resource for adults for preventing/recognizing/reacting to child sex abuse (this is the resource CHILD USA employees completed in August)
  • 2-hour online training via videos, quizzes following sections, reflection materials, is also available in a group setting led by an authorized facilitator

Vector Solution K-12 Safety Suite

  • Resource for school staff and students (k-12)
  • Completely automated training, sex abuse options are very limited especially for younger children

Designed for Youth-Serving Organizations

Commit to Kids (with specific youth sports focus)

  • Resource for child-serving organizations (options for schools, sports, and other)
  • Printed materials, templates, check lists, electronic resources, online training (all for purchase

Child Lures

  • Resource for children; youth program and teen program options; different lessons with student handouts for each
  • Other resources for parents and faith-based organizations
  • Written materials, presenter’s guides

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children

  • Resource for adults for preventing/recognizing/reacting to child sex abuse (this is the resource CHILD USA employees completed in August)
  • 2-hour online training via videos, quizzes following sections, reflection materials, is also available in a group setting led by an authorized facilitator

Circles of Safety

  • Resource for youth-serving organizations
  • 2 hour workshops, day-long trainings, live webinars, online courses

Enough Abuse Campaign Training Tools

  • Resources for family/community, schools, youth-serving organizations; 6 different training curriculum options
  • Online courses, various presentations, teachers manuals, video/discussion guides