Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Resources For Educators And Volunteers

5 Tips To Teach Children About Consent: This is a fantastic article by Dr. Holly Silva discussing some of the things that children can be taught so that their bodies remain theirs, not others'. This can help the next generation of children prepare themselves to have healthy boundaries, know the basics of consent, and other great mental health skills.

ATSA: FAQ On Sexual Abuse: This is a resource compiled by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers that covers eight topics within sexual abuse prevention: Definition, profile of an abuser, who the victims are, what motivates abuse, sexual offender recidivism, sex offense treatment, the efficacy (effectiveness) of treatment, and sex offender management/supervision. 

Defining Child Sexual Abuse: A Therapeutic Approach: This post defines what child sexual abuse is from a therapeutic, victim-centered perspective and why such a definition is more valuable than a legal definition. 

Do Pedophiles Deserve Respect?: This post discusses pedophiles, what pedophiles are, and whether or not they deserve the same amount of respect that anyone else should receive.

Does A Watched Pot Boil? A Time-Series Analysis Of New York State's Sex Offender Registration And Notification Law: This study was published in volume 14(4) of Psychology, Public Policy, And Law in 2008. It looked at 21 years’ worth of arrest data in New York, both before and after New York State’s Sex Offender Registration Act. It found that 95% of all sexual offense arrests were from first-time sex offenders.

Flyer for Educators (Half-sheet, PDF): This is a flyer that contains information specific to educators about child sexual abuse, and how educators can be involved in the prevention of child sexual abuse. It is designed to be printed double-sided.

Flyer for General Public (Half-sheet, PDF): This is a flyer that contains general information about child sexual abuse, including some warning signs in potential abusers, links to pertinent posts, and where to get more information. It is designed to be printed double-sided.

For Critics: Why I Discuss Some Topics: This post is an explanation of the difficult and emotional topics discussed on this blog, and why discussing them is necessary to the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Glossary: This is a glossary of terms that I use throughout my blog that may be new to the average person.

How To Talk With A Potential Abuser: So, you have someone in your life that are exhibiting many warning signs that they may be a potential abuser. Now what do you do? How to you start that conversation? Why should you start a conversation? Many areas are covered in this post. Bear in mind that most sexual abusers are those known and trusted in their communities. 

Interactive Victim Resources: This is a list of resources put together by Darkness To Light that is specifically aimed at victims of child sexual abuse in the United States. If you live outside the United States, Googling “sexual abuse victim resources in [your city/country]” can help put you in touch with resources in your area.

Jacob Wetterling Resource Center Sex Offender FAQ: This is a resource put together by the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center to cover general information about sexual offenders. Many great questions about sex offenders and sex offender laws are covered here, and while they are somewhat specific to Minnesota, their information does apply to many other states as well. Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped at 11 years old in 1989, and his family’s efforts have formed the basis for sex offender registration. His family are outspokenly against what sex offender laws have currently become.

Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors (U.S. Department of Justice): This is a study published in the December, 2009 issue of the Juvenile Justice Bulletin, a publication of the United States Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs. Many issues are discussed about juvenile sex offending, but the larger takeaway for most people will be that a quarter of all sex offenders are juveniles (25.8%) and that 35.6% of sex offenses against juvenile victims are committed by juveniles.

Parents Protect: A Parent-Oriented FAQ: This is a very expansive list of general questions that most parents ask about child sexual abuse. Many topics are covered, and this is a great place for any parent to start learning about child sexual abuse and how to prevent child sexual abuse.

Pornography: This post discusses some of the ethical issues involved both in adult pornography and “child pornography”. It also discusses “child sexual abuse images” as an alternative for “child pornography”, given that children cannot consent, are not paid, and are not acting in such material. 

Primary Prevention Basics: This post is a general overview of some of the many topics involved in the primary prevention of child sexual abuse, and why these topics are both controversial and necessary to ending the epidemic of child sexual abuse.

Reporting Allegations to Law Enforcement: This is a post on the process of reporting allegations/disclosures of sexual abuse to law enforcement, and the myriad of factors you may be considering in contacting law enforcement. It also gives advice on where you can get help through this process to ensure it is handled well to limit the trauma to the victim.

Reporting Suspicions to Law Enforcement: This is a post detailing what kinds of suspicious things should warrant an investigation by law enforcement, and who you can contact regarding any kind of suspicion around child sexual abuse and related issues.

Secrecy And The Dark: This is a post discussing the role of secrecy in sexual offending, and how secrecy and failing to discuss sexual crimes can contribute to more sexual crime.

Stop It Now: Adult's Behaviors With Children And Youth: This is a comprehensive resource that covers a variety of topics, such as safety plans, motivations for child sexual abuse, common misunderstandings, internet safety, and more.

Stop It Now: Children's Sexual Behaviors And Development: This is a resource from Stop It Now! that can give you an idea of what sorts of behaviors from children are expected at certain age ranges, and which behaviors are considered abnormal by experts. This is a very useful resource in understanding how sexuality develops in children, and when signs of advanced development could indicate something more going on.

Stop It Now: This is the main help directory for Stop It Now! Stop It Now! is a child sexual abuse prevention organization headed by a sexual abuse survivor, and their aim is to prevent sexual abuse before it happens. They have distributable resources, guides, and information that you can use for free. This is a great resource for anyone interested in any topic within sexual abuse prevention.

Stop It Now: Worried About An Adult's Behavior?: This is a comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to know how to spot potentially problematic behavior beforehand (prevention) and how to intervene in abusive situations (intervention). Many topics are covered.

TEDx:Adelaide: How Do We Protect Our Children From The Unspeakable?: This is a 12-minute video from an expert in forensic psychology explaining how child sexual abuse can be prevented, why discussing the issue is emotional, and why discussing it is valuable. 

Ten Things People Should Know About Child Sexual Abuse: This is a post discussing some basic facts that most people do not know about child sexual abuse.

Tips For Educators: This is a post aimed at educators describing how they can be helpful in preventing child sexual abuse, and where they can find more information about the subject. 

Virtuous Pedophiles: Online Support for Pedophiles: This is an online support group aimed at pedophiles and others with sexual attractions to those under the age of consent. It operates as a forum. Virtuous Pedophiles can also be found on Twitter.

Warning Signs in Potential Abusers: This post is a list of behaviors that anyone can spot in someone who may be at-risk for sexually abusing a child, or may have already done so. This also includes some advice about your options for what you can do if you are seeing multiple warning signs in a particular individual. The presence of a single warning sign should not necessarily be cause for concern, while multiple warning signs should be.

WhatIs The Biggest Factor In Child Sexual Abuse?: This post discusses the biggest factor that allows child sexual abuse to continue, and why no one likes talking about child sexual abuse. It will challenge you.

WhatThe Average Person Must Know About Pedophilia: This post discusses the reality of people attracted to children, why it would be valuable to help them, and where people can send them if they need resources.

Wiki: Pedophilia: This is Wikipedia’s main page on pedophilia, the condition of having a sexual attraction to prepubescent children. It involves a detailed explanation for the criteria of pedophilia, what sorts of other issues are seen with pedophilia, treatments available, and how the term “pedophilia” and “pedophile” are misused in popular culture.

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