The Primary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
Stopping child sexual abuse... before it can happen.


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Why Are Facts Important To Abuse Prevention?

Generally, two analogies come to mind on the topic of facts, myths, and child sexual abuse.


The first analogy is a dodge-ball analogy: Believing myths on sex crimes is like trying to play dodge-ball with your back turned to the opposing team. What will happen in your dodge-ball game if your back is turned? You will get bombarded and lose. The same applies to preventing sex crimes.


The second analogy is a driving analogy: Believing myths on sex crimes is like covering 90% of each window of your car with black paint. Will you be able to see to drive? Will you be able to avoid obstacles? Of course not. In fact, even the idea of playing dodge-ball without looking at your opponents, or driving with heavily obstructed windows sounds preposterous!


Yet we have often done exactly that with child sexual abuse, by prioritizing the myths we would rather believe, the soothing lies, over the facts about abuse, or the inconvenient truths. We owe it to our children to ensure that they are adequately protected, and that starts by knowing the facts about child sexual abuse and related topics. There are a host of issues at play that perpetuate myths over facts. Take a look at some of these issues, and pick a section to learn more.

In the sections on child sexual abuse, pedophilia, and sex offenders, you will find three categories of research, articles, and podcasts and videos, and an overview of each section. Below, you can learn more about each of the three categories and why they are there.

 

Research

The research in these sections are scholarly articles I have personally read, and each article has a short description overviewing the article. Why do I read them? Because not every research study or academic journal article is the same or written the same way. Sometimes, even really smart people make mistakes. Generally, I ensure that each article is peer-reviewed, cited by other research, and has results that replicate or are like existing research on the same topic.


The purposes to having research, and a general description of what each article discusses, is partly for transparency and partly to inspire new research. The articles themselves are not for everyone, and will likely be confusing for anyone without some education in psychology, while the descriptions should be easier to handle for most people.

 

Articles

Not to be confused with research, the articles sections are devoted to well-done media articles that incorporate sound research, human interest stories, and can generate new ideas. It is easy to look at an issue as seemingly massive as child sexual abuse and feel like nothing you can do could help. That is why the articles section exists.


The articles section is aimed at everyone, and the purpose to having these articles is to generate discussion. Child sexual abuse can be a particularly secretive issue, and one that most are not willing to talk about openly. Both the unwillingness to discuss child sexual abuse and the secrecy that surrounds it are part of what enables sexual abuse to happen. Just by opening discussions, you can help end child sexual abuse for good. You are encouraged to share these articles on social media. After all, there is something you can do about sexual abuse: Talk about it!

 

Podcasts And Videos

Like the articles section, this section is aimed at everyone and has media, generally podcasts or videos, about a variety of topics. 


You are encouraged to share the videos and articles on social media and start discussions based on the content. 


The videos selected should not be terribly triggering to most people.